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Title: The odd-parity input problem in metrical stress theory
Author: Brett Hyde
Institution: Washington University, St. Louis
Linguistic Field: Phonology
Abstract: Under the weak layering approach to prosodic structure (Itô & Mester ), the requirement that output forms be exhaustively parsed into binary feet, even when the input contains an odd-number of syllables, results in the , which consists of two sub-problems. The is a pathological type of quantity-sensitivity where a single odd-numbered heavy syllable in an odd-parity output is parsed as a monosyllabic foot. The is the systematic conversion of odd-parity inputs to even-parity outputs. The article examines the typology of binary stress patterns predicted by two approaches, symmetrical alignment (McCarthy & Prince ) and iterative foot optimisation (Pruitt , ), to demonstrate that the odd-parity input problem is pervasive in weak layering accounts. It then demonstrates that the odd-parity input problem can be avoided altogether under the alternative structural assumptions of weak bracketing (Hyde ).


This article appears IN Phonology Vol. 29, Issue 3, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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