Accentual Patterns in Romance Verb Forms

Judith Meinschaefer

in Morphological Autonomy

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199589982
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191728884 | DOI:
                             Accentual Patterns in Romance Verb Forms

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What principles of morphology determine the locus of word stress in Spanish and Italian verb forms? It is argued that paradigmatic uniformity has played a crucial role in the evolution of verb stress from Latin to the modern languages. At the same time, phonological regularization is relevant, as well. The analysis is represented in a standard Optimality‐Theoretic model, drawing on alignment constraints (McCarthy and Prince 1993) for representing boundary effects and on McCarthy's (2005) optimal paradigms approach to represent paradigm uniformity effects.

Keywords: verbs; paradigmatic uniformity; Optimality Theory; optimal paradigms; phonological regularization

Chapter.  6617 words. 

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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