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1 L30A - Prominence & Metrical Theory The phenomenon of stress 1. Syllable Prominence (R & J, pp ) Prominence in Nouns and Verbs, Consider the data below: Pronounce the above words Each of them can be pronounced in two ways as follows: Set I Set 2 The words in set I has prominence on first syllable, while in set II it is on the second. It can be made clear in (3) in sentences Prominence in question is called STRESS 2. Word prominence (R & J, pp ) Consider the data below the first word in (4) has more stress. Understand the pronunciation of items in (7) Give further examples of your own Lack of differences between pronunciation of time flies and time-flies (give other examples) In (4) and (7), like in (2), only one word is emphasized in the utterance In a sequence of words, only one word is emphasized. 1

2 3. The Foot in a Prosodic Hierarchy Roca 1994: 195 (see also Katamba, p.281) In order to understand the behavior of prominence/stress in words, phrases and sentences we need to motivate another abstract entity called the FOOT The foot organizes adjacent syllables into units for purposes of marking prominence. The foot organizes the syllables into constituents which mark relative prominence: weak & strong. The strong or the dominant element is called the HEAD 4. Metrical Grids One formal structure or notation for marking prominence is the use of grids. Consider the following examples below (R & J, pp ): IMplant (N) implant (V) time-flies/time flies A representation of prominence is given below: 2

3 Stressed elements have more stars than unstressed syllables The heavily starred syllables are referred as HEADS The head of the syllable bears the stress mark The head projects onto a higher level such as stress 5. Motivating Stress contrasts We have seen the contrast between certain bisyllabic nouns and verbs. The only difference is in the prominence patterns. Is there a necessary connection between stress and meaning? Certain structures are in themselves ambiguous. They can only be understood within a phrasal or sentential context, etc. or in the category of words Understand the discussion here by referring to syntactic structures of the two time flies & time-flies 6. Motivating the foot (Katamba, p ) Strong and weak positions or prominent and non-prominent syllables are paired together in a prosodic formation called the foot. In some languages, foot formation is binary, while in others it may be unbounded. What evidence motivates the foot in phonological analysis? a. Contrast in words such nouns, versus verbs. 3

4 b. The phenomenon of segmental aspiration in English (Roca 1994: p ). Consider the data below: 4

5 7. Foot Formation: Iambic Foot: a grouping of pairs of syllables in twos following the pattern: unstressed stressed, a right-headed foot Trochaic Foot (Trochee): pairing of syllables in twos following the pattern: stressed unstressed, a left-head foot A foot is bounded by a head which dominates its weak counterpart Illustrate the difference with bisyllabic nouns & verbs in English or Jamaican Creole Algorhythms for stress assignment END STRESS: Project the right-most/left-most asterisk The last stress in a metrical line is copied onto the immediate line above 8. Feet Extrametrically (Also Katamba, p.231) Consider the following examples (Roca 194: 177) In the (a), stress is on the antepenultimate syllable In the (b) stress is the penultimate Reasons: a. the penultimate syllable is either closed, a long vowel or a diphthong heavy syllable b. none of the conditions above is met light syllable Another reason may be due to extrametricality Sometimes peripheral syllables in stress languages are not available for syllabification, perhaps due to the nature of their syllable structure 5

6 For purposes of stress assignment, such syllables are bypassed or ignored. Such a syllable is said to be extrametrical A language such as Swahili is a typical example of a language with extra-metrical syllables. Only penultimate syllables are stressed. English Examples above also illustrate the phenomenon (use Katamba, p.231) A rule of such is as follows: A condition must be met for extrametricality to apply. Such condition is known, as follows: We can now revise representation of time flies as below: Extrametricality makes the asterisk on flies invisible, and consequently the output now includes only one baseline asterisk. The action of End Stress [ (I) on this structure places the main stress of the collocation in the correct position: 6

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