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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?

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Tristan.