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Hungarian Sentence Prosody and Universal Grammar

On the Phonology – Syntax Interface


László Hunyadi

The book presents a generative account of the relation between the prosodic and syntactic structure in Hungarian. It shows that, in order to account for the various scope readings of a single syntactic structure, one has to consider the respective prosodic realizations suggesting a direct relation between Phonetic Form and Logical Form. Universal principles of this relation are supported by data from a number of languages.
Contents: Preliminary Thoughts on Prosody – On Stress and its Manifestations – Stress and Syntactic vs. Semantic Categories – Metrical Phonology and the Syntax of Hungarian – The Outlines of a Metrical Model of Hungarian Syntax – The Underlying Prosodic-Communicative Structure of the Hungarian Sentence – Complex Prosodic Structures and their Logical Interpretation – Operator Scope and Prosody – Logical Form, Prosody and Universal Implications.