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Area A - Prosodic prominence

The notion of prosodic prominence has a long tradition starting from perceptual prominence as “a perceptual construct that describes the perceived strength of a given linguistic units in the context of its neighbours” (Arnold, Wagner, and Möbius 2012: 2391). Prominence from this point of view is intrinsically relational. Both signal-based and expectation-based factors play a role at the perceptual level (Streefkerk 2002; Cole, Mo, and Hasegawa-Johnson 2010). Prosodically prominent units play a crucial role at the interface between the lexical and the post-lexical levels (Gussenhoven 2011). Prosody, prosodic phrasing and prosodic prominence are also closely related to syntactic phrasing (Truckenbrodt 1995; Büring 2012). Research focusing on discourse and information structure has concentrated on both the acoustic correlates (e.g. Breen et al. 2010) and the phonological structure (Ladd 2008) of prosodic prominence. In intonational phonology, prominence is expressed by pitch accent and/or edge tone placement and type (Jun 2014), reflecting communicative aspects of language. The most recent approaches closely explore the interplay between phonetic and phonological aspects of prosodic prominence (Féry and Kügler 2008; Mücke and Grice 2014). In a very recent contribution, Gussenhoven (2015) argues against the concept of prominence as a phonologically valid and relevant notion. In some of our projects, we will provide evidence against his position. 

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