The phonology of boundaries and secondary stress in Russian compounds

Maria Gouskova

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    In Russian, the phonological diagnostics for prosodic words conflict when applied to compounds. On the one hand, compounds can have multiple stresses (oboròn-o-sposóbnost' "defense-linker-capability"), whereas single-root words can only have a single stress. On the other hand, non-stress rules such as word-final devoicing and vowel reduction treat compounds as single prosodic words. Based on this and other kinds of evidence, I demonstrate that compounds are indeed single prosodic words, though they are required to have a stress for each sub-stem. Secondary stress patterns in compounds also provide some clues as to the location of default stress in what is an almost entirely lexical stress system.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)387-448
    Number of pages62
    JournalLinguistic Review
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - Dec 2010

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Language and Linguistics
    • Linguistics and Language


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