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The Nature of the WordStudies in Honor of Paul Kiparsky$
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Kristin Hanson and Sharon Inkelas

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262083799

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262083799.001.0001

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Inside Access: The Prosodic Role of Internal Morphological Constituency

Inside Access: The Prosodic Role of Internal Morphological Constituency

12 Inside Access: The Prosodic Role of Internal Morphological Constituency
The Nature of the Word

Patricia A. Shaw

The MIT Press

This chapter examines a complex variety of stress facts from the central Coast Salish language Musqueam, with an emphasis on the prosody–morphology interface. In the context of the restrictive constraints of the Parallelist Hypothesis in Optimality Theory, it argues that constraints on prosody may access internally embedded morphological constituency. The chapter considers the kinds of access to internal morphological constituency that are required by the stress system of Musqueam and the kinds of constraints which can be defined to delimit such access appropriately. It describes the concept of “inside access” and discusses the role of the morphological root. The chapter first provides an overview of the general phonological properties of Musqueam before turning to a detailed analysis of Musqueam schwa. It then discusses foot construction and foot alignment, and compares stress patterns of morphological word prefixes with morphological stem prefixes.

Keywords:   stress, Musqueam, Parallelist Hypothesis, Optimality Theory, morphological constituency, inside access, morphological root, morphological word, prefixes, morphological stem

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