[Ads-l] =?UTF-8?Q?=C2=A0Re=3A_?=How to say tropical storm "Isaias" coming my way

James Landau 00000c13e57d49b8-dmarc-request at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Sun Aug 2 19:04:33 EDT 2020

On Sat, 1 Aug 2020 16:13:54 Zone -0700  Stanton McCandlish <smccandlish at GMAIL.COM> wrote<quote>As a Spanish name, that would be right (though in that repelling style I
think I would have rendered it "ee-sah-EE-ahs").  Spanish stress falls on
the penultimate syllable, in absence of an accent mark indicating otherwise
(though assumptions about syllabification can be wrong among the
non-fluent, if they don't understand when Spanish forms single-syllable
diphthongs at the ends of words, instead of juxtaposed vowels forcing a
syllable break).
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In the absence of an accent mark, Spanish accents the penultimate syllable if that syllable ends in a vowel, n, or s.  Otherwise the accent is on the final syllable.
In Spanish, i plus a, e, or o is a diphthong, unless there is an accent mark on the i, in which case it is two separate syllables.  Same rule for u plus a, e, or o.  It is also possible to break a diphthong with a diaresis, but I don't remember the rule.
James Landau
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