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Volume 29, Issue 2


Spanish stress and lexical accent across syntactic categories

Julianne Doner
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Published Online: 2017-08-11 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/probus-2017-0001


In this paper, I provide an analysis of Spanish stress with the following three characteristics: (a) both verbal and non-verbal stress are accounted for in a single, unified, system, (b) the three-syllable window for stress is accounted for in a principled way, and (c) the stress algorithm has no access to the morphosyntactic structure. I do this by extending Roca’s analysis of variable edge parameters for stress in Spanish non-verbs to verbs, and by arguing that morphemes which mark for only person, number, and gender (φ-features) are outside of the domain of stress because they are prosodic adjuncts.

Keywords: Spanish; stress; syntax-phonology interface; φ-features; prosodic adjunct


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Citation Information: Probus, Volume 29, Issue 2, Pages 233–285, ISSN (Online) 1613-4079, ISSN (Print) 0921-4771, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/probus-2017-0001.

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