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What are the rules for word stress?

Basically just that. While the phonology was laid out simply enough in unit one, there was nothing there about stress placement other than when it shifts to a final long syllable in coordinated constructions. I'd like to be able to get that figured out before I get into the habit of pronouncing a bunch of stuff wrong.

July 13, 2017



Mr. Peterson says here:

Stress is penultimate unless the penultimate syllable is short [light] and the antepenultimate syllable is heavy, in which case stress is on the antepenultimate.


Light and heavy meaning what?


A light syllable is open and contains a short vowel, i.e. (C)V. A heavy syllable can be closed with a short vowel - (C)VC; contain a long vowel in either a closed or open syllable - (C)Vː(C); or contain a diphthong in either a closed or open syllable - (C)Vj(C).


Not sure how useful it is, but I thought this might be useful: https://wiki.dothraki.org/High_Valyrian_Phonology

Also this sounds useful too: https://wiki.dothraki.org/High_Valyrian_Audio_sources

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