Prosody as a determinant of the syntactic status of ”I think”(working title)

Dr. Daniela Kolbe-Hanna and Dr. Judith Manzoni

Timeline: since 2019

We analyse linguistic patterns in the interface between prosody and syntax focusing on the use and pronunciation of the comment clause I think. Our central research question is whether prosodic patterns like pitch contours or prominent syllables consistently co-occur with syntactic patterns such as the position of I think in the sentence or the retention or omission of the complementizer that after I think in sentence-initial position.

Conference Papers and Publications:

Daniela Kolbe-Hanna & Judith Manzoni. 2017. Prosody as a determinant of the syntactic status of I think. Talk presented at Workshop Prosody in syntactic encoding, of 39th Annual meeting of the DGfS (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft), Saarbrücken, March 08–10, 2017.

Daniela Kolbe-Hanna, Clare Maas, Laura Panne. 2019. Exploring the phonetic & phonological contribution to prominence in sentence-initial I think. Poster presented at Prominence between Cognitive Functions and Linguistic Structures (COFLIS), Satellite Workshop at Phonetics and Phonology in Europe 2019. Bari, June 20, 2019