This study examines the stress patterns in the nominal system of Modern Hebrew. It is argued that stress in Modern Hebrew is trochaic, consisting of binary or degenerate feet. Two competing analyses of stress in Modern Hebrew nouns are provided. It is argued that a trochaic analysis is superior to a strong binary analysis (maintaining that feet in Hebrew are obligatory binary), and can accurately predict the adaptation of loanwords in the language.
Cohen (2009) found that 98.2% of all English loanwords in Hebrew preserve their original stress. The remaining 1.8% of words that exhibit stress changes is explained by variable stress patterns in English or the influence of a third language.
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