On 9 March 2011 13:31, Thomas Green <green...@ntlworld.com> wrote:
> I wonder whether the way that spoken English sometimes uses pitch and stress
> to emphasize particular parts of an utterance ("No, it's MINE!") should be
> seen through the same spectacles? Of course, 'real' linguists have their
> terms and analyses for these things, which are probably more useful.
Yes absolutely! Prosody is a *great* analogy for secondary syntax,
and comparing them is one of the themes of the thesis I'm writing.
They're both forms of mental imagery used to support language, i.e.
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