proparoxytone


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proparoxytone

(ˌprəʊpəˈrɒksɪˌtəʊn)
adj
(Phonetics & Phonology) (in Ancient Greek) of, relating to, or denoting words having an acute accent on the third syllable from the end
n
(Phonetics & Phonology) a proparoxytone word
[C18: from Greek proparoxutonos; see pro-2, paroxytone]
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Noun1.proparoxytone - word having stress or acute accent on the antepenult
word - a unit of language that native speakers can identify; "words are the blocks from which sentences are made"; "he hardly said ten words all morning"
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Among the sources are assimilation, compensatory lengthening, stress, sonority, the optimization of syllable contacts, and spontaneous gemination in proparoxytones.
So proparoxytones with a closed penultimate syllable seem to be practically nonexistent, (9) which might suggest at first sight that quantity sensitivity is still active, so no matter whether the system is rule-based or not, made-up words with these syllabic structures are not expected to be stressed on the antepenult.
The "patterns-in-the-lexicon" model predicts more proparoxytones in group 1 (open penult), which is borne out (38.