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n. pl. pros·o·dies
1. The study of the metrical structure of verse.
2. A particular system of versification.
3. The set of speech variables, including rhythm, speed, pitch, and relative emphasis, that distinguish vocal patterns.

[Middle English prosodie, from Latin prosōdia, accent, from Greek prosōidiā, song sung to music, accent : pros-, pros- + ōidē, song; see ode.]

pro·sod′ic (prə-sŏd′ĭk) adj.
pro·sod′i·cal·ly adv.
pros′o·dist n.


(Rhetoric) in a prosodic manner
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We also start to see how a long adverbial and a simple independent clause or even two short independent clauses and a longer independent clause may be prosodically equivalent; that is, according to the prosodic hierarchy, they may be equivalent prosodic units, and share similar tempo and duration, despite their not being syntactic equivalents.
The terminative marker ssa is prosodically independent because it carries its own stress.
They occur in prosodically organized verse too, but tend to be upstaged by the sense-complicating effects of sound patterning.
It is noteworthy that no participants in Group 1 or Group 3 (both having listened to prosodically deviated versions) reported having understood above 80 %, while no participants in Group 4 (control group) reported having understood below 20 %.
Armies, ideas, and ideologies compete for and in the same space--geopolitically as well as prosodically.
The short-"a" run of "anxiety," "entanglements," "trapped," and then a repeated "anxiety' approaches the turnabout and perfect shot of "classical" and "Larry"--watched in the poem but not prosodically enacted, since the verse form is far from classical.
For example, evaluations and appeals are often amplified prosodically across stages of persuasive text as evidence is accumulated and counterarguments rebutted.
Numerous data document further analytical capacities in slightly older infants (for example, 8-month-olds differentiating newly presented words from older ones based on the serial order of syllables, Saffran, Aslin, & Newport, 1996; six-month-old babies differentiating prosodically well-versus ill-formed English clauses even when embedded in sentences; Nazzi, Kemler, Nelson, P.
The more plaintive depopulation poems of the eighteenth century partly failed to get at the Scene of Census prosodically enough, at least in that way, because too nostalgic and subtly rational-melodic in their meters.
What they don't want are entries like the prosodically challenged "Roanoke Rapper," the masked "Roanoke Rassler," or "Agatha, Princess of the Night" (don't ask).
Hyman (with a family-internal survey), Inkelas (with evidence for the formal distinction between phonological duplication and morphological doubling via the crosslinguistic properties of reduplications), and Hall and Hildebrandt (with an observation of prosodically noncohering suffixes and compounds as one phonological word in Kyirong Tibetan, properties assumed to be crosslinguistically infrequent).
In other instances ya seems to be prosodically integrated into the word it appends to: