Edited by Ingo Feldhausen, Martin Elsig, Imme Kuchenbrandt and Mareike Neuhaus
[Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 15] 2019
► pp. 158–176
Chapter 8. Compression in French
Effect of length and information status on the prosody of post-verbal sequences
This paper sheds light on the conditions for post-focal and post-verbal compression in French canonical sentences. We report on a production experiment, which results suggest that arguments and adjuncts are phrased differently, and that length and information structure only exert a significant influence on the realization of adjuncts. We formalize these results in terms of phrasing, arguing that French, as opposed to English for instance, does not allow compression at any prosodic level, but only in syntactically motivated prosodic phrases. We motivate the variation in our data via optional phrasing.