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Issues in the Prosody of Romance



This course will introduce and discuss theoretical developments in metrical
phonology by studying stress and stress-related phenomena in Latin and the
further development of Latin into the comtemporary Romance languages. We
will also take into account the typological consequences of analyses for
other languages. The main focus will be on Optimality theory of which we
will discuss the descriptive and explicative adequacy by comparing it with
previous approaches.


Day 1 and 2: Introduction to metrical phonology. Basic concepts and issues.
Foot typology, extrametricality, catalexis etc.

Day 3: Feet as primitive elements of the descriptive vocabulary of metrical
theory versus bracketed grids. Latin enclitic stress.

Day 4: Syncope in the diachronic and synchronic phonology of Latin.
Derivational and constraint-based analyses.

Day 5: Shortening in the diachronic and synchronic phonology of Latin.
Derivational and constraint-based analyses. Secondary stress in Latin and
Germanic and Romance languages.


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