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Primary Word Stress in Brazilian Portuguese and the Weight Parameter

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Leo Wetzels

LPP – CNRS / Paris III and Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, Laboratoire de Phonétique et Phonologie (LPP), CNRS/Paris III – Sorbonne Nouvelle 19 Rue des Bernardins – 75005 Paris, France, FR
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In this paper, we develop an analysis of primary word stress in Brazilian Portuguese (BP). We evaluate the typological and language-specific arguments that are presented in the literature against the relevance of syllable weight in Portuguese, and show that none of them appears to be valid when confronted with cross-linguistic evidence or the facts of BP phonology. We then go on to show that stress in BP represents a mixed system, in which verbs receive stress as a function of the morphological categories of tense (past, present, future), whereas stress in non-verbs is prosody-based and sensitive to the distinction between heavy and light syllables. We finally propose a constraint analysis of this system, which we claim functions in the lexical part of a stratified model.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jpl.144
How to Cite: Wetzels, L. (2007). Primary Word Stress in Brazilian Portuguese and the Weight Parameter. Journal of Portuguese Linguistics, 6(1), 9–58. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jpl.144
Published on 30 Jun 2007.
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