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OT: YAEPT: emphasis

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Thursday, June 22, 2006, 14:00
On 6/22/06, Tristan Alexander McLeay <conlang@...> wrote:
> I'm really bad at questions of stress, at least which of two stressed > syllables bares the primary stress.
I know several other people who say the same, and I totally fail to understand it. To me, stress is such an obvious component of pronunciation. And it drive me nuts when I encounter words stressed in an unnatural way - to make them fit into the rhythm of a poem or song lyric, for instance. Total cheating. One of my favorite pop-cultural misemphases occurs in the movie Star Trek III, when McCoy - in the thrall of Spock's katra - attempts to book illegal travel to the Genesis planet, and his shady interlocutor informs him that the price goes up because more permits will be required. McCoy's response: "Permit? I don't need any damned permits! How can you get a damned permit to do a damned illegal thing?!" Throughout the above he consistently says /p@r'mIt/, rather than /'p@r.mIt/. And at least IML, the noun is always the latter; the former is the verb. -- Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>


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