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Bootstrapping in the acquisition of word stress in Brazilian Portuguese

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This paper deals with the acquisition of word stress in Brazilian Portuguese. In the course of acquisition, children use several strategies to mark stress prominence before the adult algorithm of primary stress is used productively. I argue that the prominences found in children´s early utterances do not reflect word stress but prominences of a higher prosodic level. In other words, children use the stress information available in higher prosodic domains as a cue for the acquisition of the algorithm of primary stress.

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Santos, R., (2003) “Bootstrapping in the acquisition of word stress in Brazilian Portuguese”, Journal of Portuguese Linguistics 2(1), p.93-114. doi: https://doi.org/10.5334/jpl.37

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Raquel S. Santos (University of São Paulo, Brazil)

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