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The Inflectional Accent in Indo-European

Paul Kiparsky
Language
Vol. 49, No. 4 (Dec., 1973), pp. 794-849
DOI: 10.2307/412064
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/412064
Page Count: 56
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The Inflectional Accent in Indo-European
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Abstract

In Indo-European languages with mobile paradigmatic accent, fixed oxytones and movable athematic stems are accented by the same rule. When applied to syllables as accentual units, this rule generates the Sanskrit accent patterns. When applied to moras, it generates the Greek accent patterns-including, as a special case of mobility, the paradigmatic alternation of acute and circumflex. A modification of the same rule accounts for the extension of mobility to originally oxytone -o- and -ā-stems in Balto-Slavic, and for the rise of the Balto-Slavic acute and circumflex accents.

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