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Accent Is Predictable (If You're a Mind-Reader)
Vol. 48, No. 3 (Sep., 1972), pp. 633-644
Published by: Linguistic Society of America
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/412039
Page Count: 12
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The Chomsky-Halle Nuclear Stress Rule and its modification by Bresnan, and to some extent the criticisms that have been leveled at it, have in common an attempt to account for accent in terms of syntax. Instead, accent should be viewed as independent, directly reflecting the speaker's intent and only indirectly the syntax. Accented words are points of information focus.
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