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
/'firstname.lastname@example.orgIt/. And at least IML, the noun is always the latter; the
former is the verb.
Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>