Chapter published in:Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 14: Selected papers from the 46th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL), Stony Brook, NY
Edited by Lori Repetti and Francisco Ordóñez
[Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 14] 2018
► pp. 35–51
French negative concord and discord
An experimental investigation of contextual and prosodic disambiguation
Evidence that DN readings arise in solid NC languages more than previously thought (Déprez et al. 2015) underscore the importance of investigating the factors governing their emergence to deepen our understanding of Negative Concord. This paper examines the roles of context and prosody in disambiguating simple French transitive sentences with two NCIs (personne, rien) experimentally. French speakers were recorded reading target sentences with NCIs in NC or DN eliciting contexts followed by a verification statement judged as T/F and analyzed as context-matching or not. Context-matching targets were extracted using Praat and analyzed using ProsodyPro (Xu 2013). Sentence contour, average pitch and F0 peak value on NCIs were compared across conditions. Our results provide solid evidence that in French, context influence interpretation and NC and DN interpretations are prosodically distinguished.
Keywords: negative concord, double negation, prosody of French negative concord, context influence
Published online: 13 August 2018
Avanzi, Mathieu, George Christodoulides, and Elisabeth Delais-Roussarie
Boersma, Paul, and David Weenink
2015 Praat: Doing phonetics by computer [Computer program]. Version 6.0.07. Retrieved 30 May 2015 from http://www.praat.org
Corblin, Francis, Viviane Déprez, Henriette De Swart, and Lucia Tovena
Corblin, Francis, and Lucia Tovena
De Swart, Henriette, and Ivan A. Sag
2014 “NC vs. DN: a macroparametric variation? What can an experimental investigation tell us?” Keynote paper presented at the Linguistic Symposium of Romance Languages 44, University of Western Ontario.
Déprez, Viviane, Anne Cheylys, and Pierre Larrivée
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Espinal, M. Teresa, and Pilar Prieto
Espinal, M. Teresa, Susagna Tubau, Joan Borràs-Comes, and Pilar Prieto
Huddlestone, Kathleen M.
To appear. “The Prosogram model for pitch stylization and its applications in intonation transcription.” In Prosodic Theory and Practice ed. by Jonathan A. Barnes, and Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel Cambridge MIT Press
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Blanchette, Frances & Cynthia Lukyanenko
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