ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshop on Experimental Linguistics (ExLing 2008)

Athens, Greece
August 25-27, 2008

Stress Assignment in Brazilian Portuguese: a Usage-Based Approach

Maria Cantoni

Faculty of Letters, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

The major debate on primary stress assignment in Brazilian Portuguese (BP) concerns whether it is lexically given or predictable by a set of principles. This paper presents a contribution to this debate by suggesting a usage-based approach to stress assignment in BP. It is argued that stress assignment is better accounted for as the result of generalizations over exemplars, and these generalizations are responsible for the main tendencies regarding stress assignment in the language.

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Bibliographic reference.  Cantoni, Maria (2008): "Stress assignment in Brazilian Portuguese: a usage-based approach", In ExLing-2008, 53-56.