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A '''stress-timed language''' is a language in which the [[language]] [[stress]] falls on the content words of the language - the [[noun]]s, [[verb]]s, [[adjective]]s and adverbs. The other parts of speech - conjunctions, [[pronoun]]s, [[modal verb]]s etc are reduced to [[weak form]]s in order to not disrupt the flow of the stress timing.
 
A '''stress-timed language''' is a language in which the [[language]] [[stress]] falls on the content words of the language - the [[noun]]s, [[verb]]s, [[adjective]]s and adverbs. The other parts of speech - conjunctions, [[pronoun]]s, [[modal verb]]s etc are reduced to [[weak form]]s in order to not disrupt the flow of the stress timing.
  
English is a stress-timed language.
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[[Standard English]] is a stress-timed language, although the degree of stress timing may vary with the [[accent]] used.
  
 
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Revision as of 21:53, 18 May 2009

A stress-timed language is a language in which the language stress falls on the content words of the language - the nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs. The other parts of speech - conjunctions, pronouns, modal verbs etc are reduced to weak forms in order to not disrupt the flow of the stress timing.

Standard English is a stress-timed language, although the degree of stress timing may vary with the accent used.

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