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The Dream Department

The Dream Department L Y N H E J I N I A N start w ith m y title, w h ich I hesitate to lim it by speaking aloud, since its m eaning depends on w h e re the stress—let's call it the poetic stress—m ig h t fall. It is a sim p le 5- syllable noun phrase, beginning w ith the d e finite article, the (or the e1): the, dream, de, part, ment. In A m erican English, the stress could fall na tu ra lly on eith er the second o r the fo u rth syllable, depending on one's m eaning: The Dream Departm ent o r The Dream D epartm ent. The firs t fo rm o f the phrase, the dream departm ent, evokes an image o f a de pa rtm e nt o r category o r structural o r conceptual enclave o r terrain that harbors or addresses or oversees o r oth erw ise handles dre am in g or dream s.The Dream Department. The second fo rm o f the phrase, the dream depa rtm e nt, evokes the im age o f a d e p http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png English Language Notes Duke University Press

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Copyright
Copyright © 2009 Regents of the University of Colorado
ISSN
0013-8282
eISSN
2573-3575
DOI
10.1215/00138282-47.1.11
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Abstract

L Y N H E J I N I A N start w ith m y title, w h ich I hesitate to lim it by speaking aloud, since its m eaning depends on w h e re the stress—let's call it the poetic stress—m ig h t fall. It is a sim p le 5- syllable noun phrase, beginning w ith the d e finite article, the (or the e1): the, dream, de, part, ment. In A m erican English, the stress could fall na tu ra lly on eith er the second o r the fo u rth syllable, depending on one's m eaning: The Dream Departm ent o r The Dream D epartm ent. The firs t fo rm o f the phrase, the dream departm ent, evokes an image o f a de pa rtm e nt o r category o r structural o r conceptual enclave o r terrain that harbors or addresses or oversees o r oth erw ise handles dre am in g or dream s.The Dream Department. The second fo rm o f the phrase, the dream depa rtm e nt, evokes the im age o f a d e p

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English Language NotesDuke University Press

Published: Mar 1, 2009

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