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USAGE: English stress (was: Qosmiani website)

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Friday, November 30, 2001, 11:12
Christophe Grandsire scripsit:

> 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",
No, I don't think so. My daughter (age 14) was reading aloud the other day from a Sherlock Holmes story (she likes to read aloud to me sometimes), and I noticed that several words that she probably has never heard spoken got penultimate stress, though I can't remember just which ones. I doubt she thought of those words as anything but unfamiliar English, certainly not to be confused with the occasional bit of German or French or Latin in the stories. Or consider the chemical term "hyposulfurous", which has two accepted pronunciations: [haIpousVl"fjUR@s] and [haIpou"sVlf@R@s]. The latter clearly benefits from analogy with "sulfur" ["SVlf@R], a native Germanic word (and so with initial stress), but the former reflects the default penultimate stress. -- 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