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Re: Morae (was: Re: Lurkers, poetic forms)

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Thursday, April 27, 2000, 21:13
Raymond Brown wrote:
> IF the word is bisyllabic, THEN stress the first syllable, > ELSE > IF the penultimate syllable is heavy, THEN stress it, > ELSE stress the antepenultimate (whatever its weight).
I've always thought that the first rule could be dropped. If a word is bisyllabic, then there IS no antepenultimate syllable, so the first rule logically follows from the second.
> In linking Southern Paiute & Shoshoni _stress_ to syllabic weight, you are > confirming my impression that morae have come to be used by most as units > of *syllabic weight*
Well, in Japanese, morae are used to determine things like pitch (for instance, the first two morae of a word cannot be the same pitch, and a pitch-change can occur between morae), also, each mora generally takes the same length of time to say. Sometimes, the word "syllable" is used instead of mora, but I think it's misleading to call something like _nihon_ three syllables. -- "If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore, and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God!" - Ralph Waldo Emerson ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor