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?