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Ivšić’s Retraction
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In Slavic, there is a general tendency for newly arisen noninitial falling accents (called neo-circumflex) to retract to a preceding syllable with the neo-acute as the result on newly stressed syllables. For the most known, but also the most questionable, of such retractions see Stang’s law. The dialectal Common Slavic post-contractional retraction of the 2sg present *stǫpa̋ješь ‘you tread’ > *stǫpa̋ešь > *stǫpâšь > *stǫ̃pašь (Cr dial. stũpāš, Sk stúpaš, Po stąpasz) type (after a long pretonic syllable) is well known. In Što…

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Kapović, Mate, “Ivšić’s Retraction”, in: Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics Online, Editor-in-Chief: Marc L. Greenberg, General Editor: Lenore A. Grenoble. Consulted online on 29 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-6229_ESLO_COM_032118>
First published online: 2020

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