Stress assignment in Hittite and Proto-Indo-European

Authors

  • Anthony D Yates University of California, Los Angeles

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3765/plsa.v1i0.3722

Keywords:

phonological change, historical linguistics

Abstract

This paper develops a new optimality theoretic analysis of lexical accent in Hittite (Anatolian, Indo-European). I demonstrate that Hittite synchronic stress assignment is consistent with Kiparsky and Halle's (1977) Basic Accentuation Principle, which assigns primary stress to the leftmost morpheme lexically specified for prosodic prominence or else to the left edge of a prosodic word. The Hittite evidence is thus shown to converge with Kiparsky and Halle's reconstruction of this principle for the common ancestor of the non-Anatolian Indo-European languages (i.e. Proto-Nuclear-Indo-European), and in view of this agreement, argued to be reconstructible for Proto-Indo-European itself.

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Published

2016-06-12

How to Cite

Yates, Anthony D. 2016. “Stress Assignment in Hittite and Proto-Indo-European”. Proceedings of the Linguistic Society of America 1 (June): 25:1–15. https://doi.org/10.3765/plsa.v1i0.3722.