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The Oxford Guide to the Romance Languages$
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Adam Ledgeway and Martin Maiden

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199677108

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677108.001.0001

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Prosodic structure

Prosodic structure

(p.484) Chapter 26 Prosodic structure
The Oxford Guide to the Romance Languages

Giovanna Marotta

Oxford University Press

This chapter surveys some of the principal aspects of Romance prosodic structure. It covers the role of syllable structure in conditioning the distribution, quantity, and quality of stressed and unstressed vowels and the development of consonantal segments; phonotactic constraints; the role of the sonority hierarchy in segmental change; stress); length; and aspects of intonational patterns. Specific topics dealt with include: vowel quantity and syllable structure; consonant quantity; phonological processes and syllable structure (onset; s+C clusters; nucleus: vowels, diphthongs; coda); stress; rhythm; intonation (statements, narrow focus, yes-no question; wh-questions, imperatives).

Keywords:   prosody, quantity, syllable structure, stress, intonation

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