Query: Verb vs. Noun Syllable Stress (Modified by Grant Barrett)
Arnold M. Zwicky
zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Thu Apr 15 04:52:05 UTC 2004
On Apr 14, 2004, at 2:19 PM, Grant Barrett wrote:
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> I am an ESL teacher, and one of my students has posed a question which
> has stumped me. Can you help? I have taught the class that words
> like "convict, export, subject, record, etc." have the stress on the
> first syllable when a noun and on the second syllable when a verb.
> What about the words "outline" and "purchase" where the stress is
> always on the first syllable or "police" and "cement," where it's
> always on the second? How does this work?
> Sue M. Featro
> smf at tri-valley.k12.pa.us
i'm away from my references, but i know that this particular stress
alternation is applicable only for verbs/nouns with the latinate
prefixes con-, re-, ex-, sub-, per-, etc. (and is not always applicable
arnold (zwicky at csli.stanford.edu)
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