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Re: Dragging heavy feet

From:Dirk Elzinga <dirk.elzinga@...>
Date:Monday, March 12, 2007, 22:13
On 3/10/07, T. A. McLeay <conlang@...> wrote:
> Some languages have a requirement than every (stressed) syllable is > heavy, so for instance in Swedish [takk] could be a word, and so could > [tA:k], but [tak] can't; it needs an extra mora. > > Do there exist languages in which *feet* must be heavy so that for > instance (assuming initial stress), all of these are valid feet:
It seems that you're asking whether there are languages in which feet must be trimoraic and at most disyllabic. The disyllabic condition doesn't strike me as too odd, though the trimoraic condition does. Estonian has a requirement of monosyllabic content words that they contain at least one segment which is overlong. You could do worse than to look into Estonian quantity for some ideas on your particular project.
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