The primacy of the weak in Carib prosody
Accents are normally associated with the lexically stressed syllable of a word.The Carib language (Cornelis Kondre dialect) is an exception. Instead of association,we there find dissociation of accent and stress. Accentuation may go tomany places inside a word, but never to its lexically stressed syllable.As phonetic correlate of stress I relied on the conspicuous difference in durationbetween the first and the second syllable that characterizes nearly allCarib words. Accentuation I held to be the result of prominence-lending pitchchanges. The regularity stated in the first paragraph was tested by comparingthe size of pitch changes during the stress-bearing first foot with those beyondthe first foot.