Primary Word Stress in Brazilian Portuguese and the Weight
- 177-228. Cambridge MA, W. MIT. Wetzels
The major debate on primary stress assignment in Brazilian Portuguese (BP) concerns whether it is lexically given or predictable by a set of principles. This paper presents a contribution to this debate by suggesting a usage-based approach to stress assignment in BP. It is argued that stress assignment is better accounted for as the result of generalizations over exemplars, and these generalizations are responsible for the main tendencies regarding stress assignment in the language.