Trimoraic Feet in Gilbertese

  title={Trimoraic Feet in Gilbertese},
  author={Juliette Blevins and Sheldon P. Harrison},
  journal={Oceanic Linguistics},
  pages={203 - 230}
In this paper we present evidence for ternary metrical constituents in Gilbertese (Kiribati), a Micronesian language. The terminal elements of stress feet in Gilbertese are moras, not syllables. Further, the typical foot in Gilbertese contains three moras. These trimoraic constituents are units of stress in Gilbertese, and also define minimal prosodic word size, where possible. Ternary metrical constituents of the sort found in Gilbertese are quite rare cross-linguistically, and as far as we… 

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