tourbillion: M-W's Word of the Day

Leslie Henderson

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Mike,
I took a refresher course recently that emphasised
pronunciation. I was told, in no uncertain terms by
my Parisian instructor, that what you said is exactly
correct. So no, no apparent change, in the last wee
while, anyway. We are so used to hearing the stress
on a word or phrase that we tend to want to put one
somewhere. Our own cultural linguistics will place it
wherever it feels most natural to us, which explains
this whole strand of entries, I think.
Leslie

--- Michael Briggs <xxxxxxxx@xxxxxx.xxx> wrote:
> Years ago when I learned French I was told that
> French doesn't have
> stress or emphasis on syllables -- it just sounds
> that way to Anglophone
> ears. I was told that French lengthens the last
> syllable of a group of
> words, and to be careful not to put stress or
> emphasis,
> Anglophone-style, on any syllable of a French word.
> Perhaps things have
> changed in the last half-century or so.
>
> Mike
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