Stress and Accents in Talossan


Stress is a tricky matter in Talossan, like English, as which syllable takes the stress can vary widely from word to word and there are no definite rules. Some general guidelines, however, can be offered. Written Accents
There are some spelling rules regarding which accents may be put on vowels to indicate the stressed syllable. Firstly, if the vowel already has an accent which changes its pronunciation (eg. , ) then no further accent can be added, and the stress cannot be shown by orthographic means. The "plain" vowels, a, e, i, o, u, can take one of three accents: (acute), ` (grave) or ˆ (circumflex), depending on the vowel. A, i and u take the grave accent (, , ) at the end of a word and the acute accent (, , ) at the beginning of or within a word. E takes the acute () if pronounced [e] and the circumflex () if pronounced []. O always takes the circumflex ().
Note that when a suffix is added to a word written accents on the part being added to generally do not change as they are considered "part of the word". Thus the plural of m is mns even though the a is now on the inside of the word. And if you add -tx to esclv, you get esclvtx, not esclavtx, even though the stress has shifted to the -tx.

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