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Stress Faithfulness in English Blends

Scott Lee

University of Georgia

Abstract

In this paper, I propose that blend words can be treated as a form of correspondence between multiple inputs. Based on this suggestion, the theoretical claim underlying my analysis is that prosodic compression is the result of a large prosodic domain being recycled at a lower level of the phonology. The phenomena of phonemic overlap and a preference for sress alignment, which are two of blending's most salient characteristics, fall out from *CLASH, MAX-SEG, and IDENT-STRESS (McCarthy 2008) working together to make the best prosodic word out of the available feet.

 

Lee, Scott. 2013. Stress Faithfulness in English Blends. UGA Working Papers in Linguistics 2, The Linguistics Society at UGA: Athens, GA.

 

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