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Re: Stress accent?
On Sat, 4 Apr 1998, Raymond A. Brown wrote:
> The development of Brithenig in fact resembles more closely French & Welsh
> in that all post tonic syllables have tended to disappear. This results in
> stress regularly on the final syllable which is still the French norm; this
> was also the rule in medieval Welsh (spelling makes this quite clear). The
> change to the modern Welsh habit of stressing the penult is a development
> of the modern period - possibly BritEnglish influence which dislike final
> stress. I'd expect Brithenig to have developed final syllable stress like
> French or medieval Welsh. Whether it then followed modern Welsh & changed
> to a penult syllable, I don't know. We'll have to be informed by its
> discoverer ;-) But personally, I rather hope not.
I'm willing to keep Brithenig's stress medieval if people are agreeable to
it. The Welsh stressed schwa is too much of a chimera that I want to
tackle it! I'll add it to the must-edit list.
Andrew Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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