An Essay On Stress
280 pp., 6 x 9 in,
- Published: October 30, 1987
- Published: October 2, 1990
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.
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