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Re: Justifying a stress pattern

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Saturday, December 29, 2007, 18:18
Quoting Dirk Elzinga <dirk.elzinga@...>:

> Andreas: > > It seems to be a perfectly reasonable stress pattern. In most versions of > stress theory, the final consonant or syllable *can* be ignored (or rendered > "extrametrical" to use the technical term) for the purposes of reckoning > stress. You mentioned Latin -- Latin is a good example of final syllable > extrametricality: its description is something like "Stress the penult if it > is heavy; else stress the antepenult." Notice that the final syllable never > comes into it. In your system, the word-final *consonant* is rendered > extrametrical; it doesn't count to make a syllable heavy. Palestinian Arabic > also has this feature. So you can paraphrase your description as: "Stress > the rightmost heavy syllable, given final consonant extrametricality (where > a heavy syllable is a syllable containing a long vowel or diphthong, or one > which is closed by a coda). If there is no heavy syllable, stress the > initial syllable."
Thank you! Perhaps because meter traditionally counts syllables, making an entire syllable extrametrical seemed more natural than excluding just a consonant, but given the natlang precedent, the problem is clearly with me. Andreas