Charles <[log in to unmask]> >The stress in Occidental must be very light, because we want to accomodate >both French with its word-final and German with its first-syllable pattern. >Actually it could work either way in OCC, but we take the middle approach >and use basically a penult stress. > This emphasis on French is disgusting to me. No offense, it just seems too partially discriminated. With the great number of Spanish and Portuguese speakers throughout the world why put so much dependence on French? ... and German? It makes very little sense to me. For one, the differences in French creoles are so great that I find the varieties unintelligible... but I can understand Papiamentu virtually with no problems, any Spanish speaker can with little problem. However, the differences in Brasilian Portuguese and European Portuguese are probably similarly perplexing to a Parisian hearing Portuguese. I dunno, I simply think that it would be in the interests of an IAL to cater to the greater number of Hispanics and Lusitanos than to a past interlanguage of the elite monarchic nobles. The folks in Paris may think they're living la vida loca, but it is the young latinos who are crossing over bilingual bridges today... Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias, Marc Anthony, etc. It is an invasion of sorts that hasn't even reached its peak yet. Spanish is alive and has the rhythm of the international heart... French, French? French has been... period. :-))) Je ne suis pas un franco-phile, mais aussi je ne suis pas un amant de l'anglais. Since, Jay B.