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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 - [[conjunction]]s, [[pronoun]]s, [[modal verb]]s etc are reduced to [[weak form]]s in order to not disrupt the flow of the stress timing.
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A '''stress-timed language''' is a [[language]] in which the language [[stress]] falls on the [[content word]]s of the language - the [[noun]]s, [[verb]]s, [[adjective]]s and adverbs. The other parts of speech - [[conjunction]]s, [[pronoun]]s, [[modal verb]]s etc are reduced to [[weak form]]s 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.  For example, [[Noah Webster]]'s influence may have resulted in [[General American]] possibly being less stress-timed than [[British English]].  
 
[[Standard English]] is a stress-timed language, although the degree of stress-timing may vary with the [[accent]] used.  For example, [[Noah Webster]]'s influence may have resulted in [[General American]] possibly being less stress-timed than [[British English]].  

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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 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. For example, Noah Webster's influence may have resulted in General American possibly being less stress-timed than British English.

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