Parallelism within serialism: primary stress is different

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Abstract

Primary word stress is typologically diverse. In some languages, the metrical structure of a word predicts the location of primary stress, while in other languages it does not. This diversity is considered through the lens of Harmonic Serialism (HS), a serial constraint-based theory, and it is argued that HS must incorporate a limited degree of parallelism to capture the typology. Namely, primary-stress assignment is simultaneous with foot-building and also mobile, being (re)assessed throughout a metrical derivation. But incorporating this parallelism into HS is both possible and desirable: the positive typological consequences of HS are preserved, and the implied formal divergence between the prosodic word and the foot with respect to parallelism echoes a fundamental distinction that is visible in a wide range of extant theoretical and empirical findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-112
Number of pages34
JournalPhonology
Volume39
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2022

Keywords

  • Harmonic Serialism
  • main stress
  • metrical theory
  • parallelism
  • primary stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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