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Re: Qosmiani website

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Thursday, November 29, 2001, 11:22
Christophe Grandsire scripsit:

> Is it intended to have a Romance stress-like > system (rather strict and directed towards the end of the word) or an English- > style system (very free and more directed towards the beginning of the word)?
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@/. -- John Cowan Please leave your values | Check your assumptions. In fact, at the front desk. | check your assumptions at the door. --sign in Paris hotel | --Miles Vorkosigan


Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Tristan Alexander McLeay <anstouh@...>
Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>