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Blackfoot pitch accent : insights from morpho-phonology Weber, Natalie; Allen, Blake H.

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[PAPER]: In an investigation of paradigmatic forms of Blackfoot nominals, we found that nominal roots may be lexically-specified for accent or unaccented. Nominal prefixes accent the first, second, or third syllable of unaccented stems. Deviations from these patterns were because of two phonological constraints: voiceless syllables cannot carry distinctive pitch, and prominence is attracted in some cases to heavy syllables. This paper was written as part of the requirements for the 2011-2012 Field Methods Class at the University of British Columbia. [POSTER]: This poster summarizes our discoveries of prominence in Blackfoot nominals. Nominal roots may be lexically-specified for accent or unaccented. Nominal prefixes accent the first, second, or third syllable of unaccented stems. Voiceless syllables cannot carry distinctive pitch. Prominence is attracted in some cases to heavy syllables. This poster was presented 4 April 2012 at the end of the 2011-2012 Field Methods Class at the University of British Columbia.

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