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Query Subject:   Syllable-timed and stress-timed
Author:   Andries Coetzee
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Phonetics

Query:   Fri, 26 Mar 1999 15:07:57 +0200
Andries Coetzee
Syllable-timed and stress-timed

Dear Linguists

A colleague and I are working on a project about the rhythmic differences between English and Tswana, and the influence that this has on the English of Tswana first language speakers. We strongly suspect that Tswana should be classified in the group of languages
that tend to be syllable-timed, and that the rhythmic patterns of Tswana will therefore differ from that of English (which is stress-timed).

We have done an extensive literature search on the topic of stress/syllable-timing and found many useful sources. However, most of the literature that we could locate date from before 1990. We are convinced that there must be countless more recent sources. We will appreciate it if you can direct us to any literature that you deem relevant, both pre and post 1990, but especially post 1990.

Any other comments about the topic in general are also welcome.

I will post a summary to the list.

Thank you in advance

Andries Coetzee

Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education
Potchefstroom, South Africa
LL Issue: 10.454
Date posted: 27-Mar-1999


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