Thursday, May 26, 2011

palatalization and stress

Palatalization is -stress; when +stress, there is no palatalization.

cf verdure, perdure, picture, nature vs. oppor'tunity (no ch sound in the latter)

mature (ch or t sound?)

ma'ture (no ch sound, since it is stressed)
oppor'tunity (no ch sound either)

"If these sounds begin an accented syllable, this shift usually does not take place"

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