"Chinaman's chance" in the news

Dennis R. Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Sun Aug 21 13:19:09 UTC 2005

I doubt it with you.


>>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

Dennis R. Preston
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