Hierarchical constituency in conversational language - The case of Cirebon Javanese
Source TitleStudies in Language
PublisherJOHN BENJAMINS B V PUBL
University of Melbourne Author/sEwing, Michael
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsEwing, M. C. (2005). Hierarchical constituency in conversational language - The case of Cirebon Javanese. STUDIES IN LANGUAGE, 29 (1), pp.89-112. https://doi.org/10.1075/sl.29.1.04ewi.
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This study investigates the role of constituency in structuring clauses during spoken interaction. It examines transitive clauses in a corpus of conversational Javanese. Do clauses unfold in a flat structure as each element is produced in real-time, or is there evidence of a hierarchical structure among constituents? By looking at adjacency in the production of clausal elements, with prosody as the key to understanding how speakers organize linguistic elements into larger groups, evidence is found for the emergence of a verb phase structure within clauses of lower discourse transitivity, but a lack of hierarchical structure in clauses of higher discourse transitivity.
KeywordsIndonesian Languages; Understanding Other Countries; Languages and Literature
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