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They use job descriptions and person specifications.

What this sentence means and whether it's logical is beyond the point.

My question is the following: What happens to the stress in the word 'specifications'? Does it move back to the front of the word?

I can't find the rule for the 'noun + longer noun' pattern i.e. for words with a main and secondary stress. enter image description here

'PErson(noun) 'specifiˌcations (longer noun)

OR

'PErson(noun) ˌspecifi'cations (longer noun)

OR

'person(noun) 'SPEcifiˌcations (longer noun)

I'm talking about the phrase 'person specifications' employed in a coherent sentence where I'm providing new information to the speaker without any emphasis on any specific words. Which one is the correct version? I wouldn't mind some link or screenshot to back up your claims, but if it can't be provided, then by all means tell me what's your take on this.

  • The emphasis isn't any different than the individual words. (The phrase "person specifications" doesn't really make sense.) – MaxW Dec 27 '15 at 16:48
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    Very interesting - I'd never heard of a "person specification" before either. I notice all of the references for the Wiki page are UK websites; I wonder if it's primarily a British English term. – stangdon Dec 27 '15 at 19:26
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Person Specification is British English, but more importantly it is a specialized term (or industry phrase) so the rule you are referencing will not apply.

Intuitively, I place the stress on PERson and specifiCAtion.

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