The hierarchical structure of prominence and its interaction with phrasing


UCSB Academic Senate, 2020-22

PI: Argyro Katsika

Prominence, along with phrasing, are the two main functions of prosody, and are essential for acquiring language, and producing and perceiving speech. Previous work has mainly focused on languages that use lexical stress and pitch accent to mark prominence. Here, we turn to Korean, a language with no lexical prosody (no lexical stress, lexical pitch accent or lexical tone) that marks prominence by the means of small phrases and not pitch accents. By carefully examining prominence-marking in Korean and its interaction with boundary-marking, we aspire to provide a dynamical account of prominence and its role in prosodic hierarchy.