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English Stress [was: Re: DISC: phonological system of Adain]

From:Dirk Elzinga <dirk_elzinga@...>
Date:Friday, March 15, 2002, 16:19
At 11:08 PM -0500 03/14/02, John Cowan wrote:
>Dirk Elzinga scripsit: > >> This explanation preserves my generalization, but at a cost. > >I figured the explanation was going to be something like that. >Thanks for the details -- and I agree that outside these special >cases, one of the last three syllables will carry the stress. > >Did you ever weigh in on the notion that default stress is >penultimate, such that neologisms typically get it?
I can't think of counterexamples right off, so I'm inclined to agree with it. Dirk -- Dirk Elzinga Man deth swa he byth thonne he mot swa he wile. 'A man does as he is when he can do what he wants.' - Old English Proverb