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Linguistic Inquiry

Winter 2020, Vol. 51, No. 1, Pages 124-140
(doi: 10.1162/ling_a_00325)
© 2018 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
VV > VC > V for Stress: Coercion vs. Prominence
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A common approach to ternary VV > VC > V weight for stress involves coerced moraicity, by which codas are moraic only under stress, when no VV is available. As I show, coercion is untenable for about half of 17 such systems surveyed, and must be augmented by a theory of vowel prominence (e.g., VV-TO-STRESS). I further argue that vowel prominence is superior to a previously suggested solution in terms of coda prominence, which favors stress on syllables with (nonmoraic) codas.