In the Yakima dialect of Sahaptin, nearly all lexical roots have an underlying accent, which fails to surface when such roots are affixed with a stressed prefix or stressed suffix. Yakima Sahaptin is thus a counter-example to the claim that Root-Faithfulness always ranks higher than Affix-Faithfulness, a cornerstone of the accentual theory of Alderete 1999. Yakima Sahaptin is also a problem for the accentual theory of Revithiadou 1999, which predicts that the surviving accent always belongs to a head.
Proceedings of the 25th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Donald Baumer, David Montero, and Michael Scanlon
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