Forthcoming: Categoriality and continuity in prosodic prominence
The book provides an analysis of tonal and articulatory strategies of prosodic focus marking in German. It investigates the implications of the obtained results for the relation between the categorical and the continuous aspects of prosodic prominence – thereby contributing to a long-standing debate on the relation between phonology and phonetics. While categorical and continuous modulations seem to go hand in hand and often form a kind symbiosis, it is desirable to reconcile the two in a joint theoretical treatment. The work presented in this work follows work on models of cognition in the framework of dynamical systems and sketches an attractor modelling approach for the patterns of prosodic prominence in the data. This modelling account is able to unify the categorical as well as the continuous aspects of prosodic prominence on one level, and therefore provides a promising tool to integrate the phonology and phonetics of prosody. In addition, it offers an outline of an integration of different tiers or dimensions, tonal and articulatory, that contribute to prosodic prominence and have often been treated separately.