"Chinaman's chance" in the news

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Sun Aug 21 03:18:29 UTC 2005

>Well, somewhat similar. To avoid theoretical squabbling, just let "S"
>= strong and "W" = weak, OK?
>cat in hell's chance
>  S   W   S      S
>Chinaman's chance
>   S  W  W     S
>The resulting rhythms are quite different.

That's how I see it. I assume "Chinaman" was stressed like "Englishman".

But one might assume that "Chinaman" was stressed like "Java Man" ... with
at least strong secondary stress on "man" ... giving SWSS for "Chinaman's
chance". I doubt this myself but ....

-- Doug Wilson

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