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Sentence stress (also called prosodic stress) refers to the emphasis placed on certain words within a sentence. This varying emphasis gives English a cadence, resulting in a natural songlike quality when spoken fluently.
Sentence stress is generally determined by whether a word is considered a “content word” or a “function word,” and the vocal space between stressed words creates the rhythm of a sentence.
The variation in emphasis or vocal stress on the syllables of words within a sentence.
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(Linguistics) the stress given to a word or words in a sentence, often conveying nuances of meaning or emphasis
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the pattern of stress given to words arranged in a sentence, often serving to express emphasis, attitude, etc.
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