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Superheavy syllables in stress assignment
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In Frisian, superheavy syllables are strong attractors of primary stress. This stress attraction is the subject of this topic.

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The majority of polysyllabic words ending in a superheavy syllable with a rhyme of the type A-class vowel plus consonant have final stress, only a few have non-final stress.

Example 1

AC
a. Final stress
akút /ak.ˈkyt/ acute
aktueel /ak.ty.'ʋe:l/ velvet
epiteel /e:.pi.'te:l/ epithelium
klimaat /kli.ˈma:t/ climate
minút /mi.ˈnyt/ minute
systeem /sis.ˈte:m/ system
fulkaan /føl.ˈka:n/ volcano
b. Non-final stress
leraar /'lɪe.ra:r/ teacher
bamboes /ˈbam.bus/ bamboos
kroepoek /ˈkru.puk/ shrimp crackers
mammoet /ˈmam.mut/ mammoth
[+] DC

The stress attraction of final diphthongs plus consonant is practically exceptionless. See the following examples:

Example 2

DC
fontein /fon.ˈtɛjn/ fountain
domein /do:.'mɛjn/ domain
kaptein /kap.pi.'tɛjn/ captain
puritein /py.ri.'tɛjn/ puritan

The only counterexample that can be found is arbeid/ˈar.bɛjt/labour.

[+] BCC

Final BCC-syllables are strong stress attractors as well. However, as with words ending in AC, there are some counterexamples:

Example 3

BCC
a. Final stress
aksint /ak.ˈsɪnt/ accent
biljard /bɪl.ˈjart/ billiard
diamant /di.ja:.'mant/ diamond
garant /ɡar.'rɔnt/ guarantor
orkest /ɔr.ˈkɛst/ orchestra
rapport /rap.ˈpɔrt/ report
serpint /sɛr.ˈpɪnt/ serpent
triljard /trɪl.ˈjart/ trillion
b. Non-final stress
ambacht /ˈam.baxt/ craft
eland /ˈe:.lɔnt/ moose
lariks /ˈla:.rɪks/ larch
maarschalk /'ma:r.skɔlk/ marshal
matriks /'ma:.trɪks/ matrix
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Though words like ambacht/ˈam.baxt/craft and maarskalk/'ma:r.skɔlk/marshall have a final syllable of the shape BCC, it is the initial syllable which bears primary stress. Such words thus have an unstressed superheavy final syllable; they might therefore be analyzed as formal compounds, which in general have stress on the left-hand part (see The phonological status of words with exceptional superheavy syllables and The phonological status of words with exceptionalities in the behaviour of superheavy syllables).

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