The Spanish stress window

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This paper offers an OT analysis of the word stress patterns of Spanish non-verbs, paying close attention to the interaction with the parse of abutting vowels and to the partly diverging behaviour of traditional words (native or assimilated) and foreign forms in common use. Central to the analysis are several right-alignment constraints relating some metrical material (foot boundaries and the foot head) to the morphological constituent ‘stem’. The syllabification of abutting vowels is principally driven by Onset. An important aspect of the analysis concerns the identity of the stress bearers, in particular whether they project from rime vowels or from syllable heads.


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