This 38th collection of students’ pearls of wisdom, laboriously digitised from hand-
Drawing on your knowledge of the ESR (English Stress Rule), discuss the stress pattern of the standard pronunciation of the word phenomenon.
There is only one stress in ‘phenom’ because the second syllable is the heaviest stressed syllable being the first stressed syllable.
‘pheno’ is prestressed before adding ‘menon’, hence an exceptional.
Secondary stress is assigned to the syllable that exists before the stressed syllable.
Stress falls on the penultimult syllable.
The stress is on the first half of the word.
Primary stress falls on the penult if it is a light stress. VC forms are more often than not heavy.
The antepenult is extrametrical, so [m] is treated as an ambisyllable.
The stress is before the first syllable.
The stress begins on the first syllable of the odd-
The word remains on the “heavy” side, and thus ESR applies.
The last syllable is late.
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