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Query:   Tertiary Stress and Optimality Theory
Author:  Sarah Collie
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Linguistic Theories
Phonology

Summary:   REGARDING QUERY: HTTP://LINGUISTLIST.ORG/ISSUES/17/17-2735.HTML

ORIGINAL QUERY:

''AS PART OF MY PHD DISSERTATION I AM LOOKING AT ENGLISH NON-PRIMARY STRESS
IN OPTIMALITY THEORY. I AM YET TO COME ACROSS AN OPTIMALITY-THEORETIC
ANALYSIS WHICH DISTINGUISHES BETWEEN DIFFERENT DEGREES OF NON-PRIMARY
STRESS, I.E. SECONDARY VERSUS TERTIARY. CAN ANYONE POINT ME TO AN OT
ANALYSIS (OF ANY LANGUAGE) WHICH FORMALLY RECOGNISES TERTIARY STRESS? OR IS
THIS PROBLEMATIC IN OT?

BOTH ERIC BAKOVIC AND JAMES FIDELHOLTZ WERE KIND ENOUGH TO RESPOND TO THIS
QUERY; I HOPE TO REPRESENT THEIR RESPONSES ACCURATELY HERE.

BOTH REPLIES WERE KEEN TO POINT OUT THAT TERTIARY STRESS IN ANY
'SIGNIFICANT' OR 'PHONOLOGICAL' SENSE HAS LONG SINCE BEEN REJECTED WITH THE
ADVENT OF THEORIES LIKE METRICAL PHONOLOGY. I MUST APOLOGISE FOR MY
ORIGINAL QUESTION BEING MISLEADING IN ITS WORDING IN THIS RESPECT.

BOTH RESPONSES INDICATED THAT OT, LIKE EARLIER METRICAL THEORY, SHOULD (IN
PRINCIPLE) HAVE NO PARTICULAR PROBLEM IN DISTINGUISHING BETWEEN THE
RELATIVE PROMINENCE LEVELS OF PREDICTABLY-ASSIGNED FOOT HEADS SO THAT A
LEVEL OF TERTIARY STRESS COULD BE DISCERNED. AS YET I AM STILL UNAWARE OF
ANY OT ANALYSIS WHICH DOES THIS.

MANY THANKS INDEED TO JAMES FIDELHOLTZ AND ERIC BAKOVIC

SARAH COLLIE
UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

LL Issue: 17.2849
Date Posted: 01-Oct-2006
Original Query: Read original query