Lexical Accent Systems - Summer Semester 2022

Jochen Trommer

Module 04-046-2014 Suprasegmental Phonology • Thursday 17:15-18:45 NSG S 211

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In lexical accent systems, morphemes carry unpredictable prominence. Thus if a word has just one underlyingly stressed morpheme, this is typically stressed However, languages resort to complex and diverse resolution strategies when there are two or more stressed morphemes in a word, based on linear order and structure. Further complications arise with word forms lacking stressed morphemes, languages where stress is partially predictable, and with morphemes triggering preaccentuation, postaccentuation or even deaccentuation. The focus of this course will be the broad typological spectrum of lexical accent systems and their significance for phonological and morphological theory. Besides stress accent languages (where accent/prominence corresponds to increased phonetic length, and intensity), we will also discuss related tonal accent systems like Japanese where the major correlate of accent is pitch.

Preliminary Program

Theoretical Topics Paper 1 Paper 2 Paper 1
Competition and Resolution: Alderete, J. (2001a) Yates (2017a) Revithiadou (2007)
Dominance: Czaykowska-Higgins (1993) Inkelas, S. (1998) DÄ…bkowski, M. (2021)
Restricted Tone Languages: Worbs (2016) Pulleyblank (1986) Hyman & Byarushengo (1984)
Tone Accent vs. Stress Accent : Spahr (2016) Beckman, & Pierrehumbert (1986) Hargus & Beavert (2016)
Paradigmatic Effects: Butska (2002) Steriade & Yanovich (2015)


Competition and Resolution


Restricted Tone Languages

Tone Accent vs. Stress Accent

Paradigmatic Effects


Jochen Trommer
Institut für Linguistik
Universität Leipzig

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