The Sound Patterns of Syntax

Nomi Shir (Editor), Lisa Rochman (Editor)

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In this book leading scholars address the issues surrounding the syntax-phonology interface. These principally concern whether the phonological component can influence syntax and if so how far and in what ways: such questions are a prominent component of current work on the biolinguistics of speech production and reception. The problematic relationship between syntax and phonology has long piqued the interest of syntacticians and phonologists: the connections between sound and structure have played a key role in generative grammar from its inception, initially relating to focus and the prosodic marking of constituent structure and more recently to word-order constraints. This book advances this work in a series of critical and interlinked presentations of the latest thinking and research. In doing so it draws on data from a wide range of languages, evidence from disordered language, and related work in language acquisition.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages400
ISBN (Electronic)0199556865, 9780199556861
ISBN (Print)9780199556861
StatePublished - 2010

Publication series

NameOxford studies in theoretical linguistics
PublisherOxford University Press


  • Biolinguistics
  • Focus
  • Generative grammar
  • Information structure
  • Prosody
  • Syntax
  • Syntax-phonology interface
  • Word order

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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