Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Fri Aug 22 13:38:59 UTC 2008

occasionally we've commented here on the deaccenting of secondarily
accented syllables in words that  are familiar and frequently used by
some group of people: the last syllable of "Oregon" for most
Oregonians, for instance.

now i've been hearing an ad on tv for low-dose aspirin in which "low-
dose" has a deaccented second element, so that it sounds, at first
hearing, like "lodose", some technical term with the learned suffix "-


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