To refresh, morphological reanalysis is the treatment of a given phrase as a single set lexical item, specifically for the purposes of stress assignment and prosody. The token that got me thinking about this again was Conan O'Brien talking about Krispy Kreme a couple weeks ago. He pronounces it ˈKrispy ˌKreme, with the accent on the first word, whereas I have the more conservative ˌKrispy ˈKreme, which is essentially what I would say if I were talking about cream that had somehow become crispy.
However, I'm usually pretty liberal when it comes to morphological reanalysis (i.e., I usually treat a set phrase as a single prosodic word). One example I run into often is my ˈgreen ˌbeans, versus my wife's more conservative ˌgreen ˈbeans, the same thing anyone would say when confronted by a random bean which was green in color.
Occasionally I get confused when reading lexical items when I get the stress wrong because of this process. For instance, I was shocked to see how high the deˈfault APR was on a credit card offer I received in the mail, until I realized that it was actually the ˈdefault APR (the APR you receive if you default on a payment). One other instance was a dictionary entry that caught my eye when I was looking up something the other day: safety orange. I assumed this was ˈsafety orange, some delicious variety of the fruit with which I was unfamiliar. It is, of course, ˌsafety ˈorange, the color of traffic cones and hunting vests.
So, which pronunciations do you guys use?
Jerome Stueart interview (pt. 3)
10 months ago