secondary accent


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secondary accent

secondary accent

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secondary stress

n
(Phonetics & Phonology) phonetics (in a system of transcribing utterances recognizing three levels of stress) the accent on a syllable of a word or breath group that is weaker than the primary accent but stronger than the lack of stress: in the word 'agriculture' the secondary accent falls on the third syllable. Compare primary accent
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Both stylish and functional, these panels provide a secondary accent color with two-inch thick shelves that can span up to 65" long.
words (ending in -archy, -mony, -doxy, -epsy, or -choly) with secondary accent on the KS before the -y terminal that receive accent on the syllable immediately to the left of the LS (e.
Another example that M-W failed to list is the large numbers of-ess endings whose ultimate syllables have primary or secondary accents, both -less and -hess.
In other words, secondary accents are non-focal, while primary accents are associated with a focused constituent.