Mexico

Stress, Extrametricality and the Minimal Word in Seri

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Marlett, Stephen A
Issue Date:
2008
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Linguistic Discovery, 6(1)
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14 pages
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Seri, a language isolate spoken in northwestern Mexico, regularly assigns stress to the penultimate syllable of a root; affixes are not relevant for determining the placement of stress. A heavy final syllable in the root attracts stress, however, although a final consonant is extrametrical. The final consonant of a word is relevant for the minimal word condition that major class lexical items respect, as this paper shows. Some roots have extrametrical final syllables and a few roots have exceptional stress. This paper documents these facts with audio recordings.
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Entry Number:
1463