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Stress in French loanwords in British and American English

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This paper presents a dictionary-based study of French loanwords in contemporary English in order to investigate the location of primary stress in these loanwords. Four factors are found to be significant predictors of the position of primary stress: endings, word complexity, the segmental structure of the final syllable, and syllable count. Moreover, this study confirms previous observations on the tendency for American English to have more final stress in French loanwords than British English. Finally, the implications of our findings are discussed in light of a model that assumes that English phonology consists of distinct interacting subsystems.
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hal-04577388 , version 1 (16-05-2024)

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Quentin Dabouis, Pierre Fournier. Stress in French loanwords in British and American English. Journal of Linguistics, 2024, ⟨10.1017/S0022226724000136⟩. ⟨hal-04577388⟩
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