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PHONOLOGY: a unit of syllable weight in moraic theory. Moras are the units to which metrical structure may refer. EXAMPLE: long vowels are often considered to be bimoraic, while short ones are monomoraic. This would explain the difference in behaviour with respect to stress-rules between these two classes of vowels in quantity-sensitive languages (see Quantity-(in)sensitivity).
LIT. Hyman, L. (1985)
McCarthy, J. and A. Prince (1986)
Prince, A. (1983)
Van der Hulst (1984)