Wednesday, 18 July 2012

stressed schwas

In blog no. 410 Jack Windsor Lewis once again deals with the phenomenon of stressed syllables containing a schwa, a phenomenon which seems to have escaped the attention of many other experts on English phonetics. He mentions several broadcasts, films and the like where a speaker stresses such a syllable. One of these items is to be found in a scene from the British TV film Brideshead Revisited, where in episode 7 with the title 'The Unseen Hook' the actor Jeremy Irons says (at about 44:24): "For God's sake! You don't mean to spend the rest of your life with Kurt, do you?" For those of you who do not have access to this episode, here's an extract.

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credit: ITV

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