Garcia, G. D. (2017). Weight gradience and stress in Portuguese. Phonology, 34(1), 41–79.


This paper examines the role of weight in stress assignment in the Portuguese lexicon, and proposes a probabilistic approach to stress. I show that weight effects are gradient and monotonically weaken as we move away from the right edge of the word. Such effects depend on the position of a syllable in the word as well as the number of segments the syllable contains. The probabilistic model proposed in this paper is based on a single predictor, namely, weight, and yields more accurate results than a categorical analysis, where weight is treated as binary. Finally, I discuss implications for the grammar of Portuguese.

Keywords: stress, weight, onsets, probabilistic grammar, Portuguese

How to cite

    Author = {Garcia, Guilherme Duarte},
    Doi = {10.1017/S0952675717000033},
    Journal = {Phonology},
    Number = {1},
    Pages = {41--79},
    Publisher = {Cambridge University Press},
    Title = {Weight gradience and stress in {P}ortuguese},
    Volume = {34},
    Year = {2017}}

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