An Essay on Stress presents a universal theory for the characterization of the stress patterns of words and phrases encountered in the languages of the world. The heart of the theory is constituted by the formal mechanism for characterizing "action at a distance", which is a special case of the formalism needed for the construction of constituent structure.
About the Authors
Morris Halle is Institute Professor and Professor of Linguistics Emeritus at MIT.
Jean-Roger Vergnaud is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Maryland and Senior Researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and the Centre d'Etudes et de Recherche en Informatique Linguistique in France.
"This remarkable synthesis, moving comfortably from continent to continent, is the starting point for all future research on the topic, and required reading for anyone wanting to know what nonlinear phonology is all about."
—John McCarthy, University of Massachusetts at Amherst