word accent

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Noun1.word accent - the distribution of stresses within a polysyllabic wordword accent - the distribution of stresses within a polysyllabic word
stress, accent, emphasis - the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch); "he put the stress on the wrong syllable"
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This very ambitious attempt to present a comprehensive analysis of Hittite accent (primarily, but not exclusively, word accent) consists of parts of quite unequal size.
Gordon (1974) recommended a good dictionary as the simplest way to correct pronunciation as word accent is not that predictable.
(23.) Remijsen and Martis (in prep.) argue that Papiamentu features a word accent contrast, and that negation has a prosodic component which involves a change of the word accent of the verb or of the predicate noun from one accentual pattern to the other.
Forehand, simply defined it as using the first part of the word accent and the last part of the word future.