The Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University

Neurophysiological Reality of a Left Boundary Tone in Swedish

The second and third studies (Roll, Horne, and Lindgren, 2009, submitted) of anticipatory cues facilitating the processing of main and subordinate clauses. The effects of left-edge boundary tones (Roll, 2004, 2006) and verb semantics on the processing of different clauses was tested. In Swedish subordinate clauses, sentence adverbs such as inte ‘not’ are preverbal, as Jag sa att Gunnar inte kommer ‘(lit.) I said that Gunnar not comes,’ whereas embedded main clauses have postverbal sentence adverbs, i.e. Jag sa att Gunnar kommer inte ‘(lit.) I said that Gunnar comes not.’