ITRW on Experimental Linguistics

Athens, Greece
August 28-30, 2006

Investigating Interfaces: an Experimental Approach to Focus in Sicilian Italian

Raffaella Folli (1), Elinor Payne (2)

(1) School of Communication, University of Ulster, UK
(2) Department of Phonetics and Linguistics, University College London, UK

This paper describes an investigation of the syntax-prosody interface in the expression of focus in Sicilian Italian. It finds evidence of a generalised reversal of the articulation of information structure, with new information often preceding old, and of intonational differentiation between focus types.

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Bibliographic reference.  Folli, Raffaella / Payne, Elinor (2006): "Investigating interfaces: an experimental approach to focus in Sicilian Italian", In ExLing-2006, 133-136.