Already - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary and here already adverb - definition in British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionary Online read that stressing of the first vowel is also possible. What would you say?
Actually, I believe the first syllable in "already" may have the primary stress, at least in AmE. I think it's only possible when the word is emphasized.
"Look, I've already told you!"
The standard pronunciation of 'already' in both BrE and AmE is with the stress on the second syllable. In some situations, when 'already' precedes another word, 'stress shift' may result in the stress moving to the first syllable. This does not happen if 'already' is the final or only word in an utterance.
Stress shift in rhythmical speech
Yes, I wasn't thinking of that phenomenon either.