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Stress, Rhythm, Intonation


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tone unit
A basic unit of intonation in which the pitch changes
tonic syllable
Place of prominent stress change
onset syllable
Where the key is established
sense groups
Marked by intonation and stress for meaning
prosody
Melody and rhythm inflict meaning
pitch patterns
Systematic changes to add to an utterance's communicative effect
1st syllable stress
If final vowel phoneme is short
2nd syllable stress
If final vowel phoneme is long or diphthong
stress pull
Long vowels, dipthongs or consonant clusters will cause this
schwa
Never stressed
stress timed language
Stress is placed at regular intervals and syllables in-between are adjusted in length to accomodate
syllable timed language
Stress follows the syllables to give them equal length