How do infants start learning the syntax of the language they are exposed to? In this paper, we examine a plausible mechanism for the acquisition of the relative order of heads and complements We hypothesize that a version of the iambic-trochaic law determines the physical realization of main prominence within phonological phrases that contain more than one word: if it is realized mainly through pitch and intensity, it is in a phonological phrase that is stress-initial and has a complement-head structure, otherwise it is in a phonological phrase that is stress-final and has a head-complement structure. We show this to be the case both interlinguistically ( French and Turkish), and intralinguistically (German, where both orders of head and complement are found). Our finding allows us to consider a psychologically plausible mechanism for the acquisition of the relative order of heads and complements, one of the basic parameters of syntax

Nespor, M., Shukla, M., van de Vijver, R., Avesani, C., Schraudolf, H., Donati, C. (2008). Different phrasal prominence realization in VO and OV languages. LINGUE E LINGUAGGIO, 7(2), 139-167 [10.1418/28093].

Different phrasal prominence realization in VO and OV languages

Nespor, M;
2008

Abstract

How do infants start learning the syntax of the language they are exposed to? In this paper, we examine a plausible mechanism for the acquisition of the relative order of heads and complements We hypothesize that a version of the iambic-trochaic law determines the physical realization of main prominence within phonological phrases that contain more than one word: if it is realized mainly through pitch and intensity, it is in a phonological phrase that is stress-initial and has a complement-head structure, otherwise it is in a phonological phrase that is stress-final and has a head-complement structure. We show this to be the case both interlinguistically ( French and Turkish), and intralinguistically (German, where both orders of head and complement are found). Our finding allows us to consider a psychologically plausible mechanism for the acquisition of the relative order of heads and complements, one of the basic parameters of syntax
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Nespor, M., Shukla, M., van de Vijver, R., Avesani, C., Schraudolf, H., Donati, C. (2008). Different phrasal prominence realization in VO and OV languages. LINGUE E LINGUAGGIO, 7(2), 139-167 [10.1418/28093].
Nespor, M; Shukla, M; van de Vijver, R; Avesani, C; Schraudolf, H; Donati, C
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