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Re: Qosmiani website

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Friday, November 30, 2001, 10:45
En réponse à John Cowan <cowan@...>:

> > Actually, it's been argued that the *default* stress in English, the > one > speakers apply if they haven't heard the word and don't know where the > stress > goes, is now on the penultimate, due to the influx of so much old > French > and Latin and Latin-pronounced Greek. For example, I have never heard > anyone > say the word "satyagraha" (presumably a Hindi borrowing, referring to > Gandhi's > principles of passive resistance), but I would surely say > /sAtS@'gRAh@/. >
I thought English speakers who did that explained it as: "this word looks foreign, or at least not English, and thus I must use a foreign accentuation", and penultimate accent seems to be considered foreign enough (I tend to do the same, since French is consistently stressed on the last syllable of a phrase). So it would then be the contrary, that penultimate stress is what English speakers find most foreign. Christophe. Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.


John Cowan <cowan@...>English stress (was: Qosmiani website)