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Default Primary and secondary stress in a sentence.

Dear teachers and members:

I would like to know if the primary and secondary stress are correct in the sentence that follows:


/bɪˈhaɪnd ˈkləʊzd dɔːz/, /bɪˈjɒnd ðə ˈhɛdˌlaɪnz/, /ˈɛvrɪ ˈsɪtɪ hæz ə ˈdɑːk saɪd/

In the above sentence every word has its phonmic transcription individually, so in the following fonemic transcription I linked the sounds according to my concept.

/bɪˈhaɪnd ˈkləʊzˌdɔːz, bɪˈjɒnd ðəˈhɛdˌlaɪnz, ˌɛvrɪˈsɪtɪ ˈhæzəˈdɑːkˌsaɪd/


1) An adjectives must be pronounced along with the noun which it modifies, putting the primary stress in the adjective and the secondary one in the noun, as in:

Closed doors, every city and dark side.

2) A noun and a preposition must be pronounced without any modification in its stress, unless the preposition is acting as a function word.

3) I find that some stress changes from prymary to secondary stress, and vice versa

/ˈɛvrɪ ˈsɪtɪ/ changed into /ˌɛvrɪˈsɪtɪ/


a) Are there three thought groups in this sentences?

1) /behind closed doors/;

2) /beyond the headlines/;

3) /every city has a dark side/

b) Must all of the thought groups sounds be pronounced as one sound?

1) /behind closed doors/ : /bɪˈhaɪndˈkləʊzˌdɔːz/

2) /beyond the headlines/ : /bɪˈjɒndðəˈhɛdˌlaɪnz/

3) /every city has a dark side/ : /ˈɛvrɪˌsɪtɪˈhæzəˈdɑːkˌsaɪdˈdɑːkˌsaɪd/

c) Is there a glottal stop between the linking sound of the phoneme /K/ and /S/ in DARK SIDE?


d) Can in this sentence the primary stress be analyzed as follwos?

Behind closed doors, beyond the headlines, every city has a dark side.

1) Behind what?

Closed doors; open doors.

The adjective bearing the primary stress.

2) Beyond what?

The headlines; The comments.

The noun bearing the primary stress.

3) Every what?

City; County.

The noun bearing the primary stress.

4) What does a every city have?

A dark side; a bad side.

The adjective bearing the primary stress.

I ask for your assistance and help in this matter.

Last edited by THE APPRENTICE : Mar 5th, 2014 at 07:34 pm.
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