Date: Fri, 10 Nov 1995 09:08:48 -0500
From: Wayne Glowka wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MAIL.GAC.PEACHNET.EDU
Subject: Re: RhetORic
On Wed, 8 Nov 1995, Wayne Glowka wrote:
On a quick ride to the Wal-Mart to get some anti-freeze a minute ago, I
heard a caller from Wisconsin (I believe) tell Rush Limbaugh something
about liberal rhetORic, with stress on the second syllable.
Dwight Bolinger (sorry, I don't have the exact reference handy, but I can
find it if you want it) claims that stress sometimes shifts toward the
end of a word for focus, but it depends on the word's position in the
sentence. If that's right, your Rush fan might be producing this kind of
shift to meet the rhetorical demands of the moment, instead of
demonstrating a feature of dialect. But of course you'd have to
have the whole sentence to be able to take a stab at that analysis.
I don't have the whole sentence available in my personal RAM. As I noted
to Joan in a private post, I'm wondering if the pronunciation was perhaps a
ditto-head joke that I just didn't catch.
By the way, I'm glad those students out there think we're weird. My
students derived great fun out of the folk/foke problem for the first
thirty pages. The last forty pages or so just about killed them.
Professor of English
Director of Research and Graduate Student Services
Milledgeville, GA 31061
wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]mail.gac.peachnet.edu