Mark J. Reed wrote: > Words that end in a consonant other than <n> or <s> have ultimate > stress. (And the fact that the <z> is pronounced as [s] in Latin > American Spanish doesn't mean it counts as <s> for this purpose) Why? What is special about n and s that they repel the stress? Is this purely historic and more of a coincidence or was there a period in the language when n and s actively repelled the stress? -- Tristan.