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Description - Morphologically Governed Accent in Optimality Theory by John D. Alderete

This book examines the influences of morphological factors on stress and pitch accent within Optimality Theory. It argues that two developments in the theory of faithfulness constraints define a typology of morpho-accentual processes. In one type of process, dubbed 'root-controlled accent', inherent accent in roots takes precedence over inherent affix accent. It is claimed that root-controlled accent follows from the privileged faithfulness status of roots. The second type, 'affix-controlled accent' is argued to be a consequence of a new type of constraint, anti-faithfulness, which evaluates a pair of words and requires an alteration in the shared stem. Languages considered: Japanese, Russian, Limburgh Dutch, Aguaruna (Jivaroan), and Cupeno (Uto-Aztecan).

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780815340454
ISBN-10: 0815340451
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Garland Publishing Inc
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Publish Date: 12-Oct-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - John D. Alderete

John D. Alderete teaches at Swarthmore College.