Date: Fri, 10 Nov 1995 08:05:33 -0500 From: "Joan C. Cook" 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. --Joan *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-* Joan C. Cook Imagination is Department of Linguistics more important Georgetown University than knowledge. Washington, D.C., USA cookj[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] --Albert Einstein *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*