Finnish Optimality-Theoretic Prosody

  • Lauri Karttunen
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4002)


A well-known phenomenon in Finnish prosody is the alternation of binary and ternary feet. In native Finnish words, the primary stress falls on the first syllable. Secondary stress generally falls on every second syllable: (vói.mis).(tè.li).(jòi.ta) ’gymnasts’ creating a sequence of trochaic binary feet. However, secondary stress skips a light syllable that is followed by a heavy syllable. In (vói.mis.te).(lè ’we are doing gymnastics’, the first foot is ternary, a dactyl.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lauri Karttunen
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  1. 1.Palo Alto Research CenterStanford UniversityUSA

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