dactyl

- a metrical foot consisting of three syllables, the first of which is stressed, and the remaining two of which are unstressed, as in ‘outfielder’. Here is the link to the Wikipedia article on this topic. Note: In Herman Wouk’s ‘City Boy’, this term figures in a famous joke, namely, that the school officials are … Continue reading dactyl

suprasegmentals

- properties of elements of speech that are syllables or larger, including linguistic functions such as intonation, tone, stress, and rhythm. Here is the link to the Merriam-Webster entry on this term. keywords: Linguistics, theory

prosody

- the study of suprasegmentals Here is the link to the Wikipedia article on prosody. keywords: Linguistics, intonation, tone, stress, rhythm

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