Re: Two accents in one word??

David L. Moore (
Mon, 06 Jan 1997 20:17:25 -0500

At 04:21 PM 1/6/97 -0800, Lou Schwing wrote:
>At 5:33 AM 1/6/97, Carlton Winbery wrote:
>>Jim Beale wrote;
>>>Both the 3rd edition and the 4th ed. of the UBS GNT has the form
>>>PNEU/MATI/ in Romans 1:9. This couldn't possibly be correct, could
>>Jim, the rule of accent is that if a word with an acute on the antepenult
>>(third from last syllable) or a circumflex on the penult (second from
>>last), it receives a second accent (acute) on the ultima (last syllable).
>But why isn't this usage universal? For example, Mark 1:8?

The reason that PNEUMATI has two accents in Rom. 1:9 and only one in
Mark 1:8 is that in Rom. 1:9 it is followed by an enclitic, unaccented,
monosyllabic word (MOU). Since the unaccented, enclitic MOU was pronounced
together with the preceding PNEUMATI as if the two were one word, an accent
was added on the ultima of PNEUMATI to avoid three unaccented syllables at
the end of the word. It was probably pronounced something like PNEU/MATI/MOU.

In Mark 1:8, there is no second accent because PNEUMATI is followed
by the accented word hAGI/Wi.

All the best,

David L. Moore Director
Miami, Florida, USA Department of Education Southeastern Spanish District of the Assemblies of God