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Re: TECH: Pitch Accent
>Nick Nicholas has proposed to me that high pitch (a la Japanese or
>Serbo-Croatian) should be tolerated in Lojban as an alternative to primary
>stress. Nora points out that there's no a priori reason why it should be
>high rather than low pitch that means "accented". Comments?
I can't hear stress if it's marked only with pitch. You'd think it would be
easy to hear, but at least in my experience it's not. I don't think the two
systems of stress are compatible, regardless of the choice of high or low.
If you want to use Japanese-style stress as an alternate standard, I would
think high would at least be superficially more consistent with the existing
Is it easier for pitch-stress-language speakers to learn English-style
stress than vice versa? I'd guess it would be but I don't know.