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Re: new stress system

From:Vasiliy Chernov <bc_@...>
Date:Friday, August 18, 2000, 17:05
On Fri, 18 Aug 2000 12:42:05 -0700, Jim Grossmann <steven@...> wrote:

>1.7 WORD STRESS: Most or all syllables in any given >word are stressed, and stress is roughly equal, as in English >phrases like "hay ride," "surf board rules," and "brand new >mouse trap."
I've found everything quite plausible, except this comparison with equal stress in English. I think it's simply unnecessary. Actually, you are describing a system operating with two types of syllables, 'normal' and 'reduced'. The former, unlike the latter, support tonal distinctions. The position of the (non-phonological) dynamic stress depends on tones. Everything is OK, for me. The distinction normal/reduced, with tonal oppositions on the former, has natlang precedents. In Standard Mandarin it is complicated with phonological dynamic stress. I think a similar system with non-phonological dynamic stress is at any rate simpler. Basilius