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Principles of English Stress
     

Principles of English Stress

by Luigi Burzio, J. Bresnan, S. R. Anderson
 

ISBN-10: 0521445132

ISBN-13: 9780521445139

Pub. Date: 03/28/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In this provocative work, Luigi Burzio argues that many common assumptions within stress theory, and phonological theory more generally, are in fact rather arbitrary. He proposes radical departures from recent tradition. In Part I he analyzes stress in the underived English lexicon, arguing that the basic accentual groups or "feet" are not monosyllabic or

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In this provocative work, Luigi Burzio argues that many common assumptions within stress theory, and phonological theory more generally, are in fact rather arbitrary. He proposes radical departures from recent tradition. In Part I he analyzes stress in the underived English lexicon, arguing that the basic accentual groups or "feet" are not monosyllabic or bisyllabic, as often assumed, but rather bisyllabic or trisyllabic. This analysis brings significant simplifications to other recent theorizing, including the elimination of standard extrametrically and all rules destressing. In Part II Professor Burzio deals with morphologically complex words, and argues that various phenomena of stress presevation, including the apparent stress "neutrality" of a class of affixes, are all predictable reflexes of a single principle of Metrical Consistency. In addition to a superior account of stress, the proposed metrical theory yields a unitary account of a wide spectrum of vowel-length alternations, in an overall conception of phonology which is modular, like that of comtemporary syntax. The book makes a major theoretical contribution to the analysis of English word stress and to phonological theory.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521445139
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Linguistics Series , #72
Pages:
388
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

1. General introduction; Part I. The Stress of Undesired Items: 2. Null vowels and extrametricality; 3. The stress pattern of English; 4. Stress without destressing and vowel reduction; 5. Stress and vowel length; Part II: Stress and Word Formation: 6. Weak preservation; 7. The range of stress 'placing' suffixes; 8. Strong preservation; 9. The range of neutral suffixes; 10. Extensions and refinements.

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