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Re: *Another* natlang question (this one is short)

From:Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Date:Tuesday, July 17, 2001, 5:19
Christophe Grandsire wrote:
>> One more rule: words ending in -mente are stressed as if the -mente >> were >> a separate word (which historically it was). > >Maybe with a secondary stress but personnally I always heard adverbs
in -mente
>stressed on their next-to-last syllable, with maybe a secondary stress due
>their length...
That is true; the main stress falls on -mente, but the original stressed syl. of the adjective does get a secondary stress (and a written accent-- "rápidamente" etc.). Another good argument for -mente being originally a separate word: if it were "just a suffix" why is it necessary to use the _feminine_ form of the adj (I don't know about Romanian, but that's true of Sp-Port.-Fr-Ital.)