17.2009, Qs: Vowel Categorisation; End-Weight Principle in Spanish

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Subject: 17.2009, Qs: Vowel Categorisation; End-Weight Principle in Spanish

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1)
Date: 10-Jul-2006
From: Mathias Scharinger < mathias.scharinger at uni-konstanz.de >
Subject: Online Study: Vowel Categorisation 

2)
Date: 07-Jul-2006
From: Cristobal Lozano < cristobal.lozano at uam.es >
Subject: End-Weight Principle in Spanish 

	
-------------------------Message 1 ---------------------------------- 
Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2006 10:02:39
From: Mathias Scharinger < mathias.scharinger at uni-konstanz.de >
Subject: Online Study: Vowel Categorisation 
 

The following link starts an online study on the perception of short front
vowels in American and New Zealand English. The experiment is fairly short;
subjects are required to identify spoken vowels by providing orthographic
symbols (described in more detail in the introduction of the study).
Participants must be native speakers of American English maintaining a
three-way height distinction of the vowels in ''bit'', ''bet'', and
''bat'', or native speakers of New Zealand English.

And here is the link:

http://www.inter-word.net/Continuum

Thanks for your participation! 

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics



	
-------------------------Message 2 ---------------------------------- 
Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2006 10:02:42
From: Cristobal Lozano < cristobal.lozano at uam.es >
Subject: End-Weight Principle in Spanish 

	

Dear Linguists,

It is well known that the End-Weight principle requires heavy material to
be placed in sentence-final position. This can be observed in English, as
the contrast in (1) shows, where (1a) is preferred over (1b).

(1)
a. I saw in the park [the boy who broke your house's big glass window]
b. I saw [the boy who broke your house's big glass window] in the park 

This phenomenon can be also observed in Spanish, (2), where (2a) is
favoured over (2b).

(2) 
a. Vi en el parque [al niño que rompió la ventana grande de tu casa]
b. Vi [al niño que rompió la ventana grande de tu casa] en el parque

While there is plenty of literature on the End-Weight Principle in English,
I have been unable to find relevant work in Spanish. Therefore, I would be
grateful if you could suggest (theoretical or acquisition) work on the
End-Weight Principle in Spanish. Thank you.

Cristobal Lozano
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
http://www.uam.es/cristobal.lozano 

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax


 



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