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date: 16 May 2021

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This chapter provides an overview of the prosody of the Persian language. The chapter starts with a discussion of word stress, which is known to be word-final in all categories other than the verb. It is shown that stress in the verbal domain is no exception to the word-final stress but a reflex of stress at the phrasal level in this domain. In the process, the chapter also explores a handful of words with exceptional non-final stress and provides a brief overview of the interaction between stress and information structure in Persian. The chapter ends with a discussion of the phonetics of Persian prosody, focusing on the phonetic correlates of prosodic prominence in the language and a brief overview of intonation in Persian.

Keywords: stress, Persian, prominence, intonation, focus

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