Stress bearing suffixes in English words like Chinese, Japanese, cigarette, fifteen violate the non-finality constraint. Can anyone explain what other constraints outrank non-finality and allows the stress to fall on the last syllable?

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    Hammond wrote on English stress in OT in The phonology of English: A Prosodic Optimality-theoretic approach, which I don't have. It's likely that he addresses this.
    – user6726
    Aug 20 '20 at 15:03
  • @user6726: The Phonology of English : A Prosodic Optimality-Theoretic Approach. Some pages are hidden though. Also, see 'bamboo' and 'chimpanzee', they're stressed on the last syllable. Aug 21 '20 at 4:26
  • I have heard anchoring constraint but I don't know anything about it. Aug 21 '20 at 4:29

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