Speech Prosody 2014

On the origins of the prosodic word in Russian

Jaye Padgett
The Prosodic Word is a foundational notion in phonological theories, being relevant for the statement of many phonological generalizations. In spite of their importance, there are basic open questions about prosodic words. Where do they come from? Can their structure in one language vs. another be predicted? In this paper I suggest a research program that attempts to address such questions by viewing prosodic words as emergent over time from the interaction of phonetics, phonologization, and syntactic structure.