Now we will leave the discussion of letters and the alphabet; these have only been introduced in this chapter in order to help explain some important general principles. Its surface is really much rougher than it feels, and is covered with little ridges. We call this the hold phase. Plosives, which were described in Chapter 4, are nor continuants. The tongue is in fact usually slightly curled backwards with the tip raised; consonants with chis congue shape are usually called retroflex. Kingdon b produced a detailed survey of stress tendencies in a corpus of many thousands of words; the analysis is based not only on phonological structure but also on etymology and morphology. The result is that it is very complex; in addition, I must note that quite a few words are given stress patterns that do not feel are acceptable in present-day English.
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