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Re: YAEPT French loans

From:Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...>
Date:Wednesday, August 13, 2008, 9:35
On 2008-08-13 J. 'Mach' Wust wrote:
> > I guess I just expect speakers of a language with 'free' > > >stress to be able to reproduce the stress-pattern of > > >a language with bound stress, but apparently English > > >English still defaults to word-initial stress just > > >like Old English did, despite a millennium of massive > > >Romance and Latin borrowings. A reassuring thought > > >in a way. > > What's it like with Swedish then? In German, it's not the same > everywhere.
There is a strong tendency to give 'exotic' words a French-like final stress, except that vowel-final polysyllables get penultimate stress. Interestingly neither pattern is native-like. English and German of course are not 'exotic', but huphenated words like _make-up_ tend to get erroneous final stress. /BP 8^)> -- Benct Philip Jonsson -- melroch atte melroch dotte se ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "C'est en vain que nos Josués littéraires crient à la langue de s'arrêter; les langues ni le soleil ne s'arrêtent plus. Le jour où elles se *fixent*, c'est qu'elles meurent." (Victor Hugo)