[Lingtyp] Language change and foot structure

Matthew Windsor matthew_windsor at sil.org
Tue Aug 17 19:07:49 UTC 2021

Dear all,

Is anyone aware of a language where metrical/rhythmic structure has clearly
shifted from having right-headed (iambic) feet to left-headed (trochaic)
feet or vice versa? I’m studying a language variety where this seems to be
the case. It’s a quantity-sensitive system, so the change mainly affects
strings of light syllables. Any examples or suggested resources would be
helpful, thanks!



*Matt Windsor*

Linguistics & Translation Facilitator | SIL Americas, North

Cell: 1-807-631-6656

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