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Subject: The Evolution of Fixed Stress in Slavic: Baerman

 

	
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Title: The Evolution of Fixed Stress in Slavic 
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Slavic Linguistics 15  

Publication Year: 2008 
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
	   http://www.lincom.eu
	
Author: Matthew Baerman

Paperback: ISBN: 389586630X  Pages: 260 Price: Europe EURO 82.20


Abstract:

The Evolution of Fixed Stress in Slavic is the first book-length treatment
of the development of fixed stress systems in the Slavic languages. The
complex system of morphological stress found in the ancestral language has
been replaced in a number of the contemporary languages by phonologically
fixed stress (e.g. initial as in Czech, penultimate as in Polish or
antepenultimate as in Macedonian). The details of this major morphological
innovation have remained unclear, as there is no textual evidence. Instead,
this book address this problem through dialect geography, looking at areas
where the transition from free to fixed stress is still discernible as a
dialect continuum.

Three languages in which fixed stress arose independently are examined,
namely Kashubian (West Slavic), Macedonian (South Slavic) and the
Carpathian dialects of Ukrainian (East Slavic). Each area is treated as a
separate case study, with the prosodic and morphological factors leading to
fixed stress clearly distinguished. The formal analysis is in terms of
Optimality Theory, which allows for a graphic portrayal of the interaction
of prosody and morphology . It is evident that the decisive prosodic factor
is a prosodically motivated ban on final stress, which triggers a chain of
morphological innovations, remarkably similar in all three cases. This book
should be of interest to Slavists, and to all linguists interested in
diachronic accentology. 

2nd printing 2008. 



Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                     Linguistic Theories
                     Morphology
                     Phonology

Subject Language(s): Kashubian (csb)
                     Macedonian (mkd)
                     Rusyn (rue)


Written In: English  (eng)
	
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