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Re: Tu ta pasa Tiki, he mo vuhu so ka sina

From:Herman Miller <hmiller@...>
Date:Thursday, April 6, 2006, 0:25
Larry Sulky wrote:
> Stress? Any other suprasegmentals?
Stress isn't phonemic; proclitics and prefixes are unstressed, while other words are stressed on the first syllable. Names might be allowed to have variable stress; otherwise you end up with things like "Palasa" being stressed on a vowel that doesn't exist in the original name (France). But on the other hand, Japanese has "Sumisu" for "Smith", stressed on the first syllable (not on the "mi" as might be expected). There is a distinction between rising and falling intonation, with rising intonation in questions marked with a question mark at the end of the sentence. Perhaps the Spanish convention of placing an inverted question mark at the beginning of the sentence be useful. ¿Do any other languages do this?