Re: [tied] Glen's Strange Rule

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 8708
Date: 2001-08-24

One of the points I tried to make was that stress is not a segmental feature but an autonomous phenomenon. In a language with initial stress the first syllable of a word may be reduced and deleted, while stress simply finds a new syllable to anchor to. In Slavic, final yers were weakened and lost even if originally stressed, and stress was retracted from them to the preceding syllable.
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From: Marc Verhaegen
Sent: Thursday, August 23, 2001 5:23 PM
Subject: Re: [tied] Glen's Strange Rule
Yes, but this proto-Romance -a was not stressed (and proto-Romance -o and -e had disappeared before - in Spanish (and Italian) it's -e that has disappeared, not -o and -a). In Etruscan the first syllable is stressed. Wouldn't this reduce the possiblity of disappearing?