Chapter published in:Interfaces in Grammar
Edited by Jianhua Hu and Haihua Pan
[Language Faculty and Beyond 15] 2019
► pp. 133–166
System repairing strategy at interface
Wh-in-situ in Mandarin Chinese
Wh-words in Chinese are ambiguous in specific contexts. In actual conversational situations, when speakers put different combinations of stress with intonation on sentences, the relevant wh-words are no longer ambiguous. The encoded prosodic forms can be analyzed as phonological features in the feature bundles associated with a given lexical item in the Lexical Array. Since these prosodic features have semantic effects on the output of the computational system at the Conceptual-Intentional interface, they satisfy Legibility conditions and therefore, they do not violate the Inclusiveness condition. Prosodic marking is only activated as a last resort in cases where semantic ambiguity arises, which can be viewed as a system repairing strategy at interfaces in the sense of Reinhart (2006).
Published online: 15 April 2019
Aoun, Joseph & Y.-H. Audrey Li
Baker, Carl L.
Feng, Shengli (冯胜利
Higginbotham, James & Robert May
Hu, Jianhua & Haihua Pan (胡建华 潘海华
Huang, C.-T. James
Pan, Haihua (潘海华
Pan, Victor Junnan
Pan, Victor Junnan & Waltraud Paul
Paul, Waltraud & Victor Junnan Pan
Sichel-Bazin, Rafèu, Carolin Buthke & Trudel Meisenburg
2012 Does information structure influence prosody in Occitan and French wh-questions? Talk given at ‘Information Structure in Non-Assertive Speech Acts’, Workshop at the 34th Annual Meeting of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS) , Frankfurt, Germany.
Tsai, Wei-Tien Dylan & Yang Yang
2017 An Experimental Study of the Prosodic Syntax of Force Shift. Paper presented in the 4th International Conference on Chinese Prosodic Grammar (ICCPG4), Henan University, China.
Zhang, Lei, Li Bao-lun & Pan, Haihua (张蕾, 李宝伦, 潘海华