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).
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