The Prosody and Quantity of English Compounds

Rakić, Stanimir (2015) The Prosody and Quantity of English Compounds. Journal of Foreign Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics, 2 (1). ISSN 2303-5528

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Following the earlier works of Booij (1985) and Nespor & Vogel (1986) I provide further evidence that English compounds are made up of prosodic words. The length of the first components must be preserved because they are identical to basic lexical forms. In some other languages, as for example in Serbian, the length of the first components may be shortened because the inclusion of linking vowels can contribute to the building of the required ‘derived environment’ (Kiparsky 1985). This invoking of the strict cyclicity condition is however necessary only for those English dialects in which the accented syllables are not necessarily closed. In this paper I discuss the prosodic status and quantity of English compounds. Keywords: English Compounds, prosodic structure, trochaic shortening, quantity, stric cyclicity

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages
P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: J-FLTAL
Depositing User: Alma Milisic
Date Deposited: 25 Dec 2014 10:46
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2016 11:26

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