Re: SAMPA to Unicode tool
|From:||Julien Eychenne <je@...>|
|Date:||Monday, July 7, 2003, 15:57|
> Of course nuclei are the *phonetic* bearers of stress. However, it often
> makes sense to say that the syllable entire bears stress, since consonants
> often behave differently in stressed and unstressed syllables. The
> aspiration of English voiceless stops is one example.
I don't deny there are arguments in defence of a syllable stress. If the
IPA chose syllable stress, there must be a reason. But there are also
theoretical reasons why one could prefer nucleus stress. I do like the
idea that syllable is nothing but the result of the interaction of
several objects (segments, metrical grid, foot for instance). So, as I
don't see the syllable as a phonological level (or phonological object),
and as I see nuclei as foot heads, I think it is more accurate (given
this theoretical view) to stress nuclei. But one should keep in mind
that I don't consider phonetic segments as stressed : I just stress the
more proeminent element of the whole foot. The nucleus of the foot bears
the accent, but of course the whole foot is accented.
I could give a metrical grid to illustrate it, but I'm not sure it is
> Aside from this: wonderful script. I will start using it myself.Thank you. I hope it will be useful for you.