- Hello all! New member here. Learning Ido, the improved Esperanto, after
giving up the old, not so good Esperanto.
My question concerns the accentuation of words. Having studied several
pronunciation tutorials with some contradictory examples, I need
The rule for accent says to stress the penultimate syllable without
defining what "syllable" means. Most of the pronunciation guides mark
only the vowel to be stressed, not a syllable, and because a vowel is
the important part of a syllable, this led me to re-state the rules as
* Infinitive verbs are stressed on the final vowel: drinkAr, studiIr.
* If 'i' or 'u' is the second to last vowel, not the first vowel and
immediately precedes the last vowel, the third to last vowel is
stressed: stUdias, famIlio.
* Otherwise, the second to last vowel is stressed: dIi, drInkas.
Is this correct? When stressing the vowel, the consonants come along for
the ride without need of rules for defining the elusive syllable.
To help reinforce my learning, I am re-writing each lesson of Ido for
All for the Web with corrections and perhaps better examples. This
forces me to verify the content of the original lesson and Lesson 00
brought up this question. Yes, I know there are others updating Ido for
All for the Web, but doing it myself sticks the content to my memory!
Thanks for your help!
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- Saluto GC,
Welcome to Idia and Ido-angla! About your classification regarding the
accents in Ido, I must say I don't feel very qualified to dispute it
much. However, I just read about accentization in the Kompleta
Gramatiko Detaloza, and the only thing I can say is while the concept
of syllable may be somewhat illusive to someone like me who is not a
linguist, it does make sense. If categorizing the rule for accents the
way you do helps you, then by all means, use it. I do want to mention
one example: familio, in which the accent should fall on the second
syllable "mi". Is it not better to break the word into three syllables
such as "fa", "mi", and "lio"? If as you say the accent should fall on
the third to last vowel in such cases, there is some danger that the
reader may assume to break the word as "fam", "i", and "lio". ;-) In
any case, keep learning, remember to have fun, and let us know how it
Ido vivez! Vivez Ido!
Kun Kordiala saluti,