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Ora Matushansky and Alec Marantz

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019675

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019675.001.0001

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Is Word Structure Relevant for Stress Assignment?

Is Word Structure Relevant for Stress Assignment?

(p.79) 5 Is Word Structure Relevant for Stress Assignment?
Distributed Morphology Today

Tatjana Marvin

The MIT Press

This chapter compares two different positions with respect to the relevance of structure in terms of stress assignment in English derived words: the “classic derivational” and the optimality theory (OT) approach. The central issue is how to account for the preservation of stress (and vowel quality) in English affixation and whether the structure of derived words plays any role in the process. The first view presented in this chapter is couched in the framework of Distributed Morphology.

Keywords:   structure, stress assignment, English derived words, vowel quality, words, Distributed Morphology

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