Entry from British & World English dictionary
A group of words forming a distinctive unit in an utterance, containing a nucleus and optionally one or more other syllables before and after the nucleus.
- The nucleus is often assumed to be the most prominent syllable in the tone group, but this is not always the case.
- Functional pauses serve to divide discourse into tone groups and organize it into information units.
- This means that tone groups vary in duration, depending upon the number of syllables they contain.
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