chapter  6
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What needs to be addressed in an analysis o f Italian RS is its diverse distribution across the dialects, the diachronic and synchronic aspects o f the phenomenon, and its interaction with word-initial lenition. An explanation for the stress-related vowel length alternations in Italian should follow from the account. The proposed analysis presents an integral view o f RS and related phenomena-a unified picture that incorporates past and present variation, accounting for the development o f RS and the divergence o f its distribution across dialects.45