LINGUIST List 16.3595

Sun Dec 18 2005

Books: Linguistic Theories/Phonology, English: Burzio

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        1.    Joyce Reid, Principles of English Stress: Burzio

Message 1: Principles of English Stress: Burzio
Date: 15-Dec-2005
From: Joyce Reid <>
Subject: Principles of English Stress: Burzio

Title: Principles of English Stress
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics, 72
Published: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Luigi Burzio, Johns Hopkins University
Paperback: ISBN: 0521023807 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 30.00
Paperback: ISBN: 0521023807 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 53.00

Luigi Burzio's Principles of English Stress challenges many of the
assumptions that have underpinned the generative description of English
stress and more generally 'standard' metrical theory. Central to Burzio's
analysis is a novel typology of metrical constituents that includes ternary
feet and excludes monosyllabic feet. The analysis is essentially
nonderivational in character: principles of well-formedness check for the
presence of stress and weight in the output. The principles themselves are
organized into a hierarchy consisting of a hardcore-controlling foot form
that in cases of conflict may override principles of metrical consistency
and alignment of edges. The interplay among these competing principles
accounts for the cyclic effects of the standard theory. A special role is
accorded phonetically null syllables that analyse hidden metrical structure
to preserve a simple foot inventory and sharply curtail the standard
theory's extrametricality.

"The ideas explored in Principles of English Stress are highly original,
the analysis is remarkably comprehensive, the arguments are lucidly
presented and will surely prompt a serious reconsideration of many central
tenets of metrical stress theory." Michael Kenstowicz, Massachusetts
Institute of Technology

1. General introduction
Part I. The Stress of Undesired Items:
2. Null vowels and extrametricality
3. The stress pattern of English
4. Stress without destressing and vowel reduction
5. Stress and vowel length
Part II: Stress and Word Formation:
6. Weak preservation
7. The range of stress 'placing' suffixes
8. Strong preservation
9. The range of neutral suffixes
10. Extensions and refinements

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng )

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