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The aim of the present study is to investigate two aspects of speech: suprasegmental characteristics and syntagmatic relations. More specifically, it focused on the segmentation role of prosody and its interface with the syntagmatic sequence. While certain prosodic boundary tones seem to break speech into coherent syntactic structures, it was found that excessive elongated words are indeed prosodic breaks of various "strong" dependencies. Such a break is not due only to prosody or phonologicaldoi:10.1075/la.215.10sil fatcat:flkfz25fknfmngmsnpkfrm2pi4