Intonational Representation of Secondary Stress In Contemporary Persian Language

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Abstract

In the theory of phrasal phonology and on the basis of the leveling
rule, Kahnemuyipour (2003) claims that in the stress representation,
the words with? symbols in the intonational phrase level, receive
secondary stress. The objective of this article is scrutinizing the
intonational evidence for secondary stress in Persian. Analyzing the
data which had secondary stress and were produced by the authors
with Pratt software, revealed that the phonological phrases that take
secondary stress are marked by a high boundary tone; except in the
cases where the phonological phrase taking secondary stress is the last
phonological phrase of an intonational phrase. In this situation, the
boundary tone of the last phonological phrase will be subordinate to
the boundary tone of the intonational phrase. In other words, if an
intonational phrase is marked by a high boundary tone or by a low
boundary tone the last phonological phrase taking secondary stress in
the intonational phrase, will be marked respectively by a high and a
low boundary tone.

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