Stress position at the end?
Dr. George Gopen asserts that--
It is a linguistic commonplace that readers naturally emphasize the material that arrives at the end of a sentence. We refer to that location as a stress position.Source (scroll to page 5).
I have read the same thing in other sources. It seems right. But I have also read this:
There are two emphatic positions in a sentence . . . . These are the beginning and the end.David Lambuth, The Golden Book on Writing 26 (Penguin Books, Ltd. 1983).
While accepting the opinions of Dr. Gopen and Mr. Lambuth, I have still always viewed the beginning of a sentence as more emphatic than the end. Just one example:
- President Bush made mistakes.
- Mistakes were made by President Bush.