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Title:The productivity of an initial accenting suffix, [-zu]: Judgement studies
Authors:Shigeto Kawahara
Comment:Superseded by ROA-1109. second author (Sophia Kao), submitted for publication (July, 2010)
Abstract:In many languages affixes can assign accents on roots to which they attach. Some previous studies have claimed that accents assigned by affixes universally fall on syllables next to the affixes (Kurisu 2001; Revithiadou 2008). Kawahara and Wolf (2010) document a newly-coined suffix in Japanese which counterexemplifies this generalization; a new Japanese suffix [-zu] assigns an accent on root-initial syllables. This paper reports five experiments that test the productivity of non-local accentuation of this suffix. The first three experiments show that given 4-mora roots, Japanese speakers prefer initial accents in zu-words to those in monomorphemic words, although antepenultimate accent seems to be the norm for zu-words. The last two experiments show that given shorter roots, speakers assign initial accents to zu-words more often than in zu-words derived from longer roots. Overall, the experiments support the initial accenting behavior of [-zu], contributing to the typology of affix-controlled accentuation. However, they also show that initial accenting in long zu-words involves a marked metrical configuration.
Type:Paper/tech report
Area/Keywords:Phonology, Psycholinguistics
Article:This article has been withdrawn.