Modern Hebrew stress Phonology and phonetics

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The paper provides a comprehensive description of the phonology and phonetics of Hebrew stress. The distribution of the stress patterns draws a categorial distinction between verbs and nouns, and enhances the typologically uncommon disparity between the most common pattern (final stress) and the default pattern (penultimate stress). As the acoustic studies reveal, the main cue for Hebrew stress is duration, though the duration contrast is eliminated between a phrase final unstressed syllable and the preceding stressed syllable. A second important result of the acoustic studies is that there is no evidence for secondary stress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-118
Number of pages23
JournalBrill's Journal of Afroasiatic Languages and Linguistics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2019


  • Acoustic cues
  • Default stress
  • Hebrew stress


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