Prosody as an argument for a layered left periphery | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 22, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 1384-5845
  • E-ISSN: 2352-1171



Van Heuven and Haan’s (2000, 2002) experimental work on the prosody of Dutch question types found that the prosodic signalling of interrogativity is stronger for declarative questions, less so for yes/no-questions and even less so for wh-questions. This paper shows how the sequence established on prosodic grounds (declarative questions > yes/no questions > wh questions > statements) is mirrored in the functional hierarchy in syntax. Prosody therefore provides an argument for a detailed left periphery (Rizzi 1997, 2001; Haegeman & Hill 2013).


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): clause typing; left periphery; speech act layer; split CP
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