Edited by Evangelia Adamou, Katharina Haude and Martine Vanhove
[Studies in Language Companion Series 199] 2018
► pp. 85–118
This paper reconsiders first position (Baker & Mushin 2008) in the Australian language Ngarinyman, concentrating on prosody. Making use of a prosodic unit of reference helps clarify its ordering patterns, according to the given-before-new (Gundel 1988) and more-newsworthy-first (Mithun 1987) typology. Based on natural data, it examines the phrasing patterns of Noun Phrases (nps) in the same position but of different Information Structure (IS) categories: topics, including Framesetting (establishing time and place), Aboutness (the referent which the proposition is about) and Contrastive (selecting among a set of alternatives), or Argument Focus. An instrumental analysis of the durational cue reveals that Framesetting topics form a unique Intonation Unit; and gradience in the phrasing of nps according to their IS category.