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Autor:  Emiliano Leal
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Data:  08/FEV/2004 11:50 PM
Assunto:  Portuguese is stress-tymed
 
Mensagem:  http://www.linguistlist.org/~ask-ling/archive-1997.7/msg00709.html

"Major argues that Portuguese is intermediate between stress-timed and
syllable-timed, but changing more towards stress timing. Evidence for stress
timing in Portuguese includes (1) interstress durations are not proportional to
the number of syllables in a word (phrase?); (2) many diferences in interstress
durations are not perceptible; (3) syllable duration is inversely proportional
to the number of syllables in word; (4) unstressed syllables are sometimes
deleted in casual speech, equalizing the number of syllables in each stress
group; (5) shortening processes aid stress timing, including raising [e,o] >
[i,u], monophthongization of VG > V, syllabicity shifts VG > GV. Evidence for
change toward stress timing is that the greatest evidence for stress timing is
seen in more casual (less conservative) speech styles; less evidence for stress
timing in normal speech, and even less in formal/citation speech. "


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