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A05 - Prominence marking and language contact in Spanish

The basic goal of the project is to determine the most important prominence marking strategies in Yucatecan Spanish against the background of the variety's longstanding and ongoing contact with Yucatec Maya. The project addresses "structural prominence marking", i.e. structural constraints on phrasing and accentuation, as well as "pragmatic prominence marking" destined to highlight particular constituents for pragmatic reasons. The central aim of the current project phase is to compare the structural and pragmatic prominence marking properties of YS, YM, and standard Mexican Spanish by means of cross-linguistic comparison of production data and acceptability judgments. In later stages, we will also deal with loan word prosody and perception data, and we aim at elaborating a contact model which is appropriate to account for the exaptation and/or grammaticalization of prosodic features.

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Team

Name

PD Dr. Melanie Uth

Principal Investigator A05

Office: SFB, Luxemburger Str. 299, room 3.09
E-mail: melanie.uth(at)uni-koeln.de
Phone: (+49) 221 470-89915
Web: Dr. Melanie Uth

Name

Nuria Martínez García

Doctoral student A05

Office: SFB, Luxemburger Str. 299, room 3.09
E-mail: n.martinezgarcia(at)uni-koeln.de
Phone: (+49) 221 470-89915
Web: Nuria Martínez García

Name

Patrick Auhagen

Student assistant A05

Office: SFB, Luxemburger Str. 299, room 3.12
E-mail: cauhagen(at)smail.uni-koeln.de
Phone: (+49) 221 470-89915

Name

Verena Schlemmer

Student assistant A05

Office: SFB, Luxemburger Str. 299, room 3.12
E-mail: vschlem1(at)uni-koeln.de
Phone: (+49) 221 470-89915

List of publications

To appear

  • Uth, Melanie. To appear. Prosodic prominence and information structure in picture-based elicitation experiments. In Alexander Teixeira Kalkhoff, Maria Selig, & Christine Mooshammer (eds.), Prosody and conceptional variation. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.
  • Uth, Melanie & Nuria Martínez García. To appear. Circumflex nuclear configurations in Yucatecan Spanish as a supraregional feature: The roles of bilingualism and gender. Experimental and Theoretical Advances in Prosody (ETAP) 4, Special issue of Language and Speech.

2020

2019

2018

  • García García, Marco & Melanie Uth. 2018. Focus Realization in Romance and Beyond (Studies in Language Companion Series). (Eds.) Marco García García & Melanie Uth. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
  • Uth, Melanie. 2018. Focus realization at the syntax-prosody interface: Yucatecan Spanish opposed to standard Mexican Spanish. In Marco García García & Melanie Uth (eds.), Focus realization in Romance and Beyond, 71-98. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 
  • Uth, Melanie. 2018. Language contact as a developmental co-determinant between systems and exemplars. Spanish and Yucatec Maya in Quintana Roo. Cologne: University of Cologne. Habilitation.
  • Uth, Melanie & Marco García García. 2018. Introduction: Core issues of focus realization in Romance. In Marco García García & Melanie Uth (eds.), Focus realization in Romance and Beyond, 1-30. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

2017