Speech Prosody 2002

Aix-en-Provence, France
April 11-13, 2002

Prosody and Scope in German Inverse Linking Constructions

Uli Sauerland, Oliver Bott

Seminar für Sprachwissenschaft, Universität Tübingen, Germany

In German, prosody interacts with quantifier scope. We investigate this interaction in inverse linking constructions. We present evidence from elicited production of linguistically naive speakers supporting the following two claims: 1) There are two kinds of inverse linking constructions of which only the prepositional type requires a marked intonation contour for inverse scope. 2) In the prepositional construction, a double focus contour is employed with inverse scope rather that a topic-focus (rise-fall) contour as previously assumed (Krifka 1998).

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Bibliographic reference.  Sauerland, Uli / Bott, Oliver (2002): "Prosody and scope in German inverse linking constructions", In SP-2002, 623-626.