UD Phonology Lab Stress Pattern Database


This database presents atheoretical descriptions of the documented dominant stress patterns of the world's languages. This is accomplished in a few ways:

  1. by presenting an English prose description of the placement of stress
  2. by extending Bailey's (1995) Syllable Priority Code system to handle secondary stress and
  3. by including a finite-state automaton representation of each stress pattern.

The database also includes results of the Forward Backward Neighborhood Learner (Heinz 2007). The stress patterns in the database are collected primarily from the typologies of Gordon (2002) and Bailey (1995). There are 422 languages and 109 distinct stress patterns included in the database.

This database is open source (MySQL) and freely available. If you have questions about any of the information in the database, or if you find errors, please send any questions or corrections, etc. to Jeff Heinz.

For first-time users, the best way to get started is to investigate the Languages and Distinct Stress Patterns (fsa) tables. From there, clicking on the ID number at left to see information in prose.



UD undergraduates CarolAnn Edie (class of 2008), Robert Wilder (class of 2009), and Greg Busanus (class of 2010) have contributed greatly to the development of this website. Robert Wilder also helped doublecheck the FSA representations of many stress patterns. Thank you all very much!

This site is being hosted by phonology.cogsci.udel.edu..
If there are any questions about this site, please email Jeff Heinz who is maintaining this site.

Last Modified: 06/6/14 04:15