LINGUIST List 15.2999

Thu Oct 21 2004

Qs: Initial Stressed Syllables; Greek Verse/Meter

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        1.    Vadim Cherny, Origin of the initial-stress-syllable nouns?
        2.    Mike Szelog, Greek Verse/Meter



Message 1: Origin of the initial-stress-syllable nouns?

Date: 21-Oct-2004
From: Vadim Cherny <vadim_lvcenter-tv.net>
Subject: Origin of the initial-stress-syllable nouns?


Dear Listmembers,
 
 Could anyone explain me or refer to a relevant publication explaining the origin
 of the initial-stress nouns? What is the linguistic process underlying the
 accent shift to the first syllable specifically in order to denote nouns? Does
 it have to do with iambic rhyme, since nouns are routinely preceded by an
 article, thus both recOrd and a-rEcord have iambic stress?
 
 
 Sincerely,
 
 Vadim Cherny 
 
 Linguistic Field(s): Phonology

Message 2: Greek Verse/Meter

Date: 20-Oct-2004
From: Mike Szelog <Mike.SzelogCITIZENSBANK.com>
Subject: Greek Verse/Meter


Hello all,

I'm not sure this is the appropriate forum, but I'm looking for some help
with Greek verse/meter.

What I have is a Greek hymn which has been borrowed into the Coptic
liturgical tradition - in trying to translate it and make some sense of it
(it's not always used in the Coptic church simply because to many people, it
makes no sense).

The translation is almost complete, however, I noticed that the author is
very consciously trying to follow some set rhyme and meter. So much so that
he's employed a few Coptic words where the Greek words would be too long and
the meter wouldn't be preserved. He's also altered the grammatical endings
to preserve his rhyming scheme. I'm not really sure if he's trying to
imitate a classical Greek style or perhaps even Egyptian. Just trying to
look at the Greek first.

If anyone's familiar with classical Greek meter, can you please contact me
off-list and I'll give you the details.

Thanks very much,

Mike S
Manchester, NH - USA
citizensbank.com> 

Linguistic Field(s): Ling & Literature 
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