The grammatical patterns of human languages are restricted in their variety. While some patterns are common, others are rare, and still others are not found at all. The research conducted by Lori Repetti and Francisco Ordóñez examines one of the rare patterns involving a class of pronouns (clitics) that are normally stressless, but which, in the languages under investigation, do exhibit or modify stress. This pattern is found in some minority Romance languages spoken in the South of France, the South and North of Italy, the Balearic Islands, and the islands of Corsica and Sardinia. In all cases they are endangered, under-studied varieties being supplanted by the standard national languages.

The researchers have done fieldwork in the respective regions in order to obtain a complete understanding of the interactions between stress and these pronominal elements.

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Prof. Francisco Ordóñez
Department of Hispanic Languages
SUNY, Stony Brook
Prof. Lori Repetti
Department of Linguistics
SUNY, Stony Brook

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0617471 awarded to Lori Repetti and Francisco Ordonez; award title: "Stress Patterns with Clitics and Weak Pronominals in Post-Verbal Position in Romance Languages". Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).