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Re: OT: Justifying a stress pattern (plus OT: joke last name templates)

From:Eugene Oh <un.doing@...>
Date:Sunday, December 30, 2007, 18:22
2007/12/31, Dirk Elzinga <dirk.elzinga@...>:

<snip much interesting notes on English stress>

> > Syntax can play a role as well. We end stress the words thirTEEN and > TennesSEE, but if they introduce a noun phrase, the stress shifts: THIRteen > MEN, TENNessee VALLey. This is called the Rhythm Rule because its effect is > to adjust the stresses to get a more regular alternation of stressed and > stressless syllables. >
I didn't realise that "Tennessee" was supposed to be stressed on the final! Or, admittedly, that anyone would stress "thirteen" on only the final either. Granted, I don't know the proper ways to pronounce many American place names, much less their proper prosody, but I always thought "thirteen" was either stressed initially, or on both syllables. Eugene


Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>