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Re: A sketch of Old Albic 1/4: Phonology

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Thursday, June 24, 2004, 5:11
On Mon, 21 Jun 2004 16:33:36 EDT, David Peterson <ThatBlueCat@...>
> <<This accent rule can be formulated in a more concise manner using the > concept of the mora. A mora is a metric unit below the syllable. A > light syllable consists of one mora, a heavy syllable of two. In light > of this, it is the third-last mora that carries the accent in Old > Albic.>> > > This strikes me as odd. Any natlangs that count morae in this way?
Actually, this is a quite frequent phenomenon. Stress-systems tend to mark final syllables (whatever their moraic weight) as extrametrical, which pushes the assigment of stress back at least one if not more syllables. Latin is an example: no final syllables are ever stressed; if the penult has a long vowel or has a coda (i.e., is heavy), it receives primary stress. If neither of these conditions is met, stress moves to the antepenult. In both cases, the metrical foot is a bimoraic trochee. ========================================================================= Thomas Wier "I find it useful to meet my subjects personally, Dept. of Linguistics because our secret police don't get it right University of Chicago half the time." -- octogenarian Sheikh Zayed of 1010 E. 59th Street Abu Dhabi, to a French reporter. Chicago, IL 60637