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Stress and syllables

From:Fredrik Ekman <ekman@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 22, 2000, 13:04
David Bell wrote:

> While the "patterns" seem to make sense to me, I, unfortunately, have > no understanding of the theory behind them. I guess I'll have to > study more phonology.
I will have to sympathize with David here. While the subject matter is extremely interesting, I feel at a loss to grasp the underlying concepts. Could anyone recommend a good text (which would not require a doctorate in linguistics to understand) on the subject of stress and syllable construction from a general point of view? Preferably one available on the Net or that could be found in most university libraries. /Fredrik