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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003


Stress on Accent; Errenteria Basque Revisited

Aritz Irurtzun

University of the Basque Country, Spain

In this paper we report an experiment of accentual placement in Errenteria Basque. We compare data from three generations of speakers with the data described in previous literature. The results show a mixed accentual system with marked and unmarked words (as previously addressed in the literature). The relevant fact is that the phonological shape of the current unmarked words is different from the descriptions in the literature since the current one is a stress-accent system and the previous one suggests to be a pitch-accent system. Based on diachronic data, we show the direction of the phonological change and point a possible explanation for the development of the new accentual system based on Hualde's hypothesis (Hualde, 2003).

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Bibliographic reference.  Irurtzun, Aritz (2003): "Stress on accent; Errenteria Basque revisited", In ICPhS-15, 2075-2078.