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date: 10 December 2019

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This chapter discusses and evaluates different approaches to the nuclear stress (NS) algorithm in light of the variability in stress pattern observed for certain constructions in German and English in wide focus contexts (‘unmarked’ stress patterns), in opposition to the rigid (right-most) nature of NS in Spanish/Italian. The chapter also briefly discusses the case of nuclear stress in narrow focus contexts (‘marked’ stress patterns), and points to recent research that suggests that ‘unmarked’ and ‘marked’ stress patterns originate through distinct mechanisms.

Keywords: nuclear stress, anaphoric deaccenting, metrical structure, prosodic phrasing

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