reflextive pronoun stress

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Hello Duiter,
Nothing really happens other than stressing the first syllable makes it sound funny because the 2nd syllable is always stressed even when the word is overstressed. Nobody would misunderstand you but a native speaker might wonder whether you had an ego problem.
 

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:up: ...although in rare contexts it can be stressed on the first syllable - for 'contrastive' stress. I can't think of a very plausible example though: 'This applies to yourself, not myself.'

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Hello Bob,
This would be extremely rare in American English and so rare that I've never heard the first syllable stressed even in contrastive stress.
 

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Extremely rare here too: but what about this:

'The pronoun part of the reflexive pronouns is usually possessive, but objective in the third person: myself, yourself, ourselves and yourselves, but himself and themselves.' :?:;-)

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Hello Bob,
You're right. As an aside to the orginal question, yours is a good example of using contrastive stress to clarify or emphasize various examples or parts of them.
 

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Extremely rare here too: but what about this:

'The pronoun part of the reflexive pronouns is usually possessive, but objective in the third person: myself, yourself, ourselves and yourselves, but himself and themselves.' :?:;-)

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That's called cheating!
You're not using the words - you're quoting them. That's metalanguage.
 

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Yes, I was going to admit as much last night, but life intervened. ;-) If I'd punctuated it more carefully (with "" around the quoted words) the trick would have been more transparent!

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