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Title: Unified representations for stress and the syllable
Author: Tobias Scheer
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Homepage: http://www.unice.fr/dsl/tobias.htm
Institution: Université de Nice
Author: Péter Szigetvári
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Homepage: http://seas3.elte.hu/szigetva
Institution: Eötvös Loránd University
Linguistic Field: Phonology
Abstract: We argue that there is no need to split phonological representations into two worlds: one syllabic and another in which word stress is calculated. We show that both syllable- and stress-related phenomena can be accounted for with a single set of representations, if traditional syllabic analysis is modified in one central respect: what is traditionally taken to be a coda–onset cluster is interpreted as two independent onsets enclosing an empty nucleus. Accordingly, our proposal may be understood as a development of the idea that underlies classical metrical grids, i.e. that stress-relevant units project to higher levels and are therefore visible for stress. The units in the proposal made here, however, are uniformly nuclei. Contentful nuclei are always projected, while their empty counterparts (i.e. codas in traditional approaches) may or may not be. The weightlessness of onsets directly follows from this approach.

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