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Syllable stress notes

  1. 1. SYLLABLE STRESS/WORD STRESS – LESSON 1 Mentor: Rachel PearsonWords are made up of syllables.A syllable is a part of a word with one vowel sound in it.A vowel sound is  Any of the vowels as in /æ/, /e/, /ɪ/, /ɒ/, and /ʌ/.  The schwa /ə/  A consonant that sounds like a vowel. For example, the letter y in the word twenty (twen/ty)  Diphthongs For example, a/bout, tou/rist /ɪə/ /eɪ/ /ʊə/ /ɔɪ/ /əʊ/ /eə/ /aɪ/ /aʊ/In syllable-timed languages, like Bahasa Malayu, each syllable takes roughly thesame amount of time to speak. You can say that all syllables are spoken at thesame pitch and are the same length.English is completely different. English is a stress timed Language, this means thatthe stressed syllables are said at approximately regular intervals, and unstressedsyllables are shortened to fit this rhythm.Within individual words we have a “stressed” syllable, or a louder, longer syllable,and “unstressed” or “weak” syllables.The same applies within sentences, in sentences some words are stressed andothers are not stressed.

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