Speech Prosody 2010

Chicago, IL, USA
May 10-14, 2010

The Structure-Prosody Interface of Restrictive and Appositive Relative Clauses in Dutch and German

Constantijn Kaland (1,2), Vincent J. van Heuven (1)

(1) Department of Linguistics, Leiden University, The Netherlands
(3) Department of Communication and Information Sciences, Tilburg University, The Netherlands

This paper reports a study on the structure-prosody interface of embedded restrictive and appositive relative clauses in Dutch and German. The first restrict the class to which the antecedent in the main clause refers, whereas the latter denote an additional property of the antecedent. How this difference is reflected in prosody is topic of investigation. For both languages a perception experiment was carried out to test the effect of intonational and temporal cues on the interpretation of restrictive and appositive relative clauses. Results indicate that Dutch and not German listeners can distinguish both clauses on the basis of those cues.

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Bibliographic reference.  Kaland, Constantijn / Heuven, Vincent J. van (2010): "The structure-prosody interface of restrictive and appositive relative clauses in Dutch and German", In SP-2010, paper 064.