15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003


What does Phonology Tell us About Stress and Rhythm? Some Reflections on the Phonology of Stress

Giovanna Marotta

University of Pisa, Italy

In both non-linear and non-derivational phonology, stress plays a central role in the general architecture of the theoretical model. However, while word stress is normally considered, little, if any, attention is devoted to phrasal stress as well as to linguistic rhythm. The phonological study of stress is based on an abstract and ideal view of language, which is far away from the effective production and perception of speech. We devote a special attention to the notion of foot, as dealt with in phonology as well as in phonetics, trying to show the differences and the similarities between the metrical foot and the rhythmical foot. The inadequacy of some theoretical assumptions of metrical phonology and OT is discussed.

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Bibliographic reference.  Marotta, Giovanna (2003): "What does phonology tell us about stress and rhythm? some reflections on the phonology of stress", In ICPhS-15, 333-336.