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Christina Y. Bethin
SUNY Research Foundation, Stony Brook (Stony Brook, NY 11794-0001)
The Form and Function of Prominence in Slavic Languages

Prominence is central to distinguishing words in languages, and it is usually described as a convergence of certain properties (stress, tone, high pitch, or vowel length) on a given syllable. In Slavic languages, however, these properties do not always converge on the obvious prominent position in a word and thus Slavic presents a compelling case for studying prominence. This project focuses on the stress-based Slavic languages and specifically on the phonology and morphology of their unstressed syllables in order to determine exactly how prominence functions and how it changed over time.

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Project fields:
Slavic Languages

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$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2006 – 6/30/2007