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Title: The Phonological Word and Stress Assignment in Turkish
Author: Barış Kabak
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Homepage: http://ling.uni-konstanz.de/pages/home/kabak/
Institution: Universität Konstanz
Author: Irene Vogel
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Homepage: http://www.ling.udel.edu/people/irene-vogel
Institution: University of Delaware
Linguistic Field: Morphology; Phonology
Subject Language: Turkish
Abstract: It is generally believed that Turkish stress is always word-final. Closer
examination, however, reveals several types of exceptions to this pattern involving both roots and affixes. This paper proposes a unified analysis of regular and irregular stress in Turkish that crucially depends on our definition of the Phonological Word. In addition, we discuss stress in constituents beyond the word, and provide evidence for the Clitic Group as well as the Phonological Phrase. Finally, we also briefly discuss vowel harmony and a set of syllabification phenomena, and show how the latter, in particular, provide independent support for the proposal we advance here.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Venue: Phonology 18: 315-360
Publication Info: published in 2001


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