BH, pause and two distributions, an idea
decaen at chass.utoronto.ca
Thu Sep 16 07:58:24 EDT 1999
your statistical study has been a real resource (to some extent also
Price's 5 vol concordance).
here's an idea to cover the two sets of stats that i'm getting and
you're reporting, for pause by accents, and for nesiga by accents (and
i assume pausal).
assume that 85% of pausal environments are sentence-final. assume that
sentence-final pause has one distribution.
assume < 10% of pausal environments are not sentence-final. assume
that they have another distribution: fewer on d0, more on lesser
accents, for obvious reasons.
then make this leap: nesiga is pausal, but patterns with the regular
pausal distribution and *not* the sentence-final type. finally, the
pausal environments i started with patterned sentence-finally: example
pause induced by ki-phrases.
this might be the correct picture. what do you all think?
Dr Vincent DeCaen <decaen at chass.utoronto.ca>
c/o Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, 4 Bancroft Ave., 2d floor
University of Toronto, Toronto ON, CANADA, M5S 1A1
Hebrew Syntax Encoding Initiative, www.chass.utoronto.ca/~decaen/hsei/
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