Definition of stress-timed in English:

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stress-timed

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adjective

(Of a language) characterized by a rhythm in which primary stresses occur at roughly equal intervals, irrespective of the number of unstressed syllables in between. English is a stress-timed language. Contrasted with syllable-timed.
Example sentences
  • In other languages, which are not stress-timed the stress would fall more equally on each word and syllable.
  • There is not total agreement among linguists about the stress-timed nature of English.
  • Therefore some researchers argue for a distinction between stress-timed languages and syllable-timed languages.
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