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Tj'a-ts'a~n stress pattern

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Monday, February 8, 1999, 13:37
        Hello all!

        I'm still working on Tj'a-ts'a~n (in fact, I'll send soon a post about
what I've discovered) and I've decided to work a little on the stress
pattern. As far as I have decided, Tj'a-ts'a~n will have a stress on the
root of each word to differentiate it from the prefixes and suffixes that
are so numerous in every single word. For multi-syllabe roots (that exist
only from compounding, I'll talk about compounding later), I think that
every syllabe will be stressed in respect to the prefixes and suffixes, but
that the most important one (for the meaning) or the first (as a default)
will be more stressed than others. For this, I think that stress in
Tj'a-ts'a~n will be neither a stress of intensity nor a stress of pitch but
a stress of _length_ (with a little bit of intensity) and the pattern will
be like this:

- for one-syllabe-root words, the stress falls on the root's vowel and is
realized by doubling the length of the vowel (with a litlle bit of intensity),
- for multi-syllabe-root words, the stress falls on the vowel of the most
important syllabe (if any) and on the first vowel of the root by default,
is realized by doubling the length of this vowel, but the other syllabes of
the roots are also a little stressed, and this stress is realized by
lengthening the vowels just a little bit, and adding a little intensity.

This stress pattern has the advantage of allowing an interesting poetry
pattern, with long vowels occuring at chosen places of the verse (or
something like this).

        Now, here are my questions:
- what do you think of this stress pattern?
- do you know any conlang or natlang that uses also a stress of length (I'm
not talking about languages that have phonemic long vowels and that stress
words on those vowels, but about languages that _phonetically_ realize
stress as lengthening vowels)?

                                                        Christophe Grandsire
                                                |Sela Jemufan Atlinan C.G.

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