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The phonological word and stress assignment in Turkish

  • Barış Kabak (a1) and Irene Vogel (a1)

It is generally believed that Turkish stress is always word-final. Closer examination, however, reveals several types of exceptions to this pattern involving both roots and affixes. This paper proposes a unified analysis of regular and irregular stress in Turkish that crucially depends on our definition of the Phonological Word. In addition, we discuss stress in constituents beyond the word, and provide evidence for the Clitic Group as well as the Phonological Phrase. Finally, we also briefly discuss vowel harmony and a set of syllabification phenomena, and show how the latter, in particular, provide independent support for the proposal we advance here.

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This paper is an expanded version of a paper presented at the 22nd Annual Conference of the Linguistic Association of Germany, Workshop on Das Wort in der Phonologie, Marburg, Germany, March 2000. We would like to thank the participants in the workshop for their valuable feedback on our paper. We are also grateful to Bill Idsardi, Nihan Ketrez and Jaklin Kornfilt, as well as to the anonymous reviewers of Phonology, for their comments on an earlier version of this paper.
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  • ISSN: 0952-6757
  • EISSN: 1469-8188
  • URL: /core/journals/phonology
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