Stress and gemination in Alor-Pantar languages: Revising heston (2016)

Antoinette Schapper*

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This squib highlights difficulties with the reconstruction of a system of stress based on moraic trochees in Proto-Timor-Alor-Pantar recently presented by Heston. Examination of a wider set of data from the Alor-Pantar languages shows that there are numerous etyma whose synchronic behavior in terms of consonant gemination and stress placement cannot be accounted for by the proposed system. Instead, it is necessary to recognize the presence of phonemic stress placement at least in Proto-Alor-Pantar and likely in Proto-Timor-Alor-Pantar.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-266
Number of pages10
JournalOceanic Linguistics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017
Externally publishedYes


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