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Enquête phonologique et variétés régionales du français. Paris: Presse Universitaire de France. Zec, Draga. 1988. Sonority constraints on prosodic structure. Stanford: Stanford University PhD Dissertation. Page 19 Accentual Stability Luigi Burzio and Elvira DiFabio Johns Hopkins University & Harvard University 0 Introduction Morphemes are, by definition, units that exhibit stable properties of sound and meaning when appearing in different words. This paper claims that stress, an aspect of sound, also participates in that stability.

Examples of final weak feet (sW), thus bearing only secondary stress, are given in (8). (8) Final "weak" feet (sW) artícu(là:te), cóntro (vèr sy), ínno (và: ti)ve, árchi (tèc tu)re, táber (nà cle), álli (gà: tor) Note that this phenomenon identifies exactly the same class of weak syllables as the phenomenon in (6b). Specifically, these are: syllables with null nuclei; syllables with y; the syllables ive, ure; and syllables with consonantal nuclei, like [bL], [kL], [tR]. The phenomenon of "strong" stress preservation in (2b) is, on this approach, also a case satisfying Accentual Stability (7), only under different circumstances.

Stanford: Stanford University PhD Dissertation. Page 19 Accentual Stability Luigi Burzio and Elvira DiFabio Johns Hopkins University & Harvard University 0 Introduction Morphemes are, by definition, units that exhibit stable properties of sound and meaning when appearing in different words. This paper claims that stress, an aspect of sound, also participates in that stability. We argue that two facts not traditionally related are instances of a single phenomenon of accentual stability. , Italian fin-ísc-o / fin-iámo (not *fin-isc-iámo).

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