Syllable-timed language

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A syllable-timed language is one which is characterized by a rhythm marked by syllables which are perceived to occur at roughly regular intervals, regardless of the stress placed on them and in which each syllable lasts for the same length of time.

French and Spanish are syllable-timed languages.

Currently the difference between a stress-timed language and a syllable-timed language is regarded to be a perception rather that a reality.[1][2]


  1. Elsevier, Concise Encyclopedia of Languages of the World, pp. 328-329.
  2. Wikipedia, Isochrony. Retrieved 20 April 2016.