Since transformational generative phonology is a specialized area of study that some here may not be familiar with, could you provide some specific examples that serve to illustrate your problem / question?
According to Transformational-Generative phonologists, stress rules are cyclic. They are applied once then twice then three times and so on. The problem is, that I seem not to be able to follow the cycle after the first rule is applied. That is when it comes to the compound rule and other further rules, any ideas?
I'm reading 'An Introduction to Linguistics' by L. Ben Crane and others. So I came across this sentence: John's baseball cap on which four rules of stress were applied. The primary rule, the secondary rule, a third rule'I don't know waht's called' and finally the neuclear rule. I may say that I understand the primary rule. Then things started to get fuzzy.