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›› 2007, Vol. 15 ›› Issue (2): 282-287.

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Prosodic Resolution of Syntactic Ambiguity:
From the Point of View of Speaker and Listener

Li Weijun;Yang Yufang   

  1. Institute of Psychology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
  • Received:2006-03-13 Revised:1900-01-01 Online:2007-03-15 Published:2007-03-15
  • Contact: Yang Yufang

Abstract: The present paper review the use of prosodic information in disambiguating syntactic structure in recent years. Firstly, this article introduces the prosodic properties and its function; secondly, it discusses the syntactic ambiguity and its models. Thirdly, two problems are analyzed from the point of view of speaker and listener: whether naïve speakers spontaneously and reliably produce prosodic cues that resolve syntactic ambiguities in the natural context, and whether listeners use on-line prosodic information to inform initial syntactic parsing decisions. Then the characteristics of Chinese prosody and syntax are introduced, which followed by the corresponding study in China. Finally, it simply talks about what should be concerned in studying prosodic resolution of ambiguity in Chinese

Key words: speaker, listener, prosodic property, syntax, disambiguation

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