contrastive stress on "an"

Dennis Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Tue Nov 13 23:49:57 UTC 2007

Please call it wedge, not caret, but the e-mail instructions are good
(and are even good for Labov's PLOTNIK program).


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>Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>Poster:       Mark Mandel <thnidu at GMAIL.COM>
>Subject:      Re: contrastive stress on "an"
>You can call it "caret" and type it as the ASCII circumflex character, ^,
>shift-6 on your keyboard. That's good enough for email.
>m a m
>On Nov 13, 2007 3:16 PM, Charles Doyle <cdoyle at> wrote:
>>  It does not sound odd to me: "I don't want a(n) apple, I want THUH apple."
>>  I'm just not sure whether (or with what frequency) I would say that.
>>  Back in the remote days when I was Archibald Hill's student, we
>>  represented stressed schwas with the upside-down "V" things (which I don't
>>  know how to write or name). I haven't seen those in a while.
>>  --Charlie
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Dennis R. Preston
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Department of English
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