The relation between syntactic and prosodic parenthesis.
2007. In Parentheticals, Nicole Dehé & Yordanka Kavalova (eds), Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
It is a common assumption in previous research on parentheticals that
syntactic and prosodic parentheses coincide such that strings that are
parentheticals in the syntax are marked by certain defining prosodic
characteristics in speech. Based on the analysis of a set of
spontaneous British English speech data this paper shows that a
one-to-one relation of this kind does not exist. Rather, there are a
number of options for the prosodic realisation of syntactic
parenthesis, including prototypical patterns along with various ways of
prosodic integration. It follows from the results that the prediction
made by prosodic theory that parentheticals form separate intonation
domains is too strong in the light of actual spoken language data.