Andrew Joseph
Syllable stress on Proper nouns and names Are there any syllable stress rules or patterns I can teach my students for Proper nouns and names? For example: Why TrFALgar Square? Why The LONdon Eye? Why OXford street and not oxFORD street?
Apr 18, 2013 7:57 AM
Answers · 4
In many cases, the final syllable becomes a neutral sound, and is often weak. For example, in "Oxford", the "ford" part is pronounced as "fd". Some extreme cases of this neutralization are the standard pronunciations of Greenwich, Southwark and Worcestershire (ie. Grennitch, Suthuk and Wooshtashuh).
April 18, 2013
Yes, you can teach them that most often, as in your examples, the stress is on the first syllable.
April 18, 2013
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