This paper experimentally examines the distribution of secondary stress in Spanish. It focuses on the possibility of placing prominence on the syllable immediately preceding the lexically-stressed syllable of the word. This possibility is excluded in most previous analyses of secondary stress in Spanish. Participants in the experiment were asked to pronounce a list of words following an auditory model. The model included only two words, which, in one of the auditory stimuli, were produced with secondary stress two syllables before the lexical stress: àlemánes, pòrtuguéses. The list of written stimuli for subjects to produce, on the other hand, included words like rumanos, with a single syllable before the stress. Subjects should not assign stress to the initial syllable in these examples, if this is not an allowable pattern in Spanish. However, all four subjects produced rùmános, etc., with prominence on two adjacent syllables. Prominence was conveyed by different acoustic cues on lexically stressed and secondarily-stressed syllables.
Selected Proceedings of the 4th Conference on Laboratory Approaches to Spanish Phonology
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