Contrastive vowel length (CVL) in northern Italo-Romance is metrically-governed and implicationally distributed. CVL in proparoxytones implies CVL in paroxytones, but not the other way around. Likewise, CVL in paroxytones implies CVL in oxytones, but not vice versa. This paper develops a foot-based OT analysis of CVL that combines layered feet with uneven trochees. The analysis adequately predicts the implicational distribution of CVL and discards unattested patterns.
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