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Stress on I: Debunking unitary contrast accounts

Travis, Catherine; Torres Cacoullos, Rena


Much previous work on stress describes its function as being that of marking contrast. While some evidence has been adduced in experimental studies, work on spontaneous speech data has been plagued by a lack of operational definitions. To address this, we examine approximately 1,500 tokens of the English first singular subject pronoun in a corpus of conversational American English. Independently motivated operationalizations of contrast fail to support an overarching contrastive function of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Studies in Language
DOI: 10.1075/sl.38.2.04tra


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