Definition of suprasegmental in English:


Syllabification: su·pra·seg·men·tal
Pronunciation: /ˌso͞oprəˌsegˈmentl


  • Denoting a feature of an utterance other than the consonantal and vocalic components, e.g., (in English) stress and intonation.
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    • The general aim of this work was to analyze the suprasegmental features of the male voice during a seductive interaction compared with the characteristics of neutral speech.
    • On the basis of our present data analyses, it is, however, not possible to judge whether the problem is at a segmental level, suprasegmental level, or both.
    • The move towards writing poetry down deprived it of music, perhaps, certainly of the suprasegmental qualities of pitch, timbre, etc., which are personal in a physiological sense.


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  • Such a feature.
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    • The English consonant sounds and suprasegmentals also present difficulties for native speakers of Spanish.
    • They discover, for example, that, unlike sounds, suprasegmentals can change according to meaning.
    • Just taking a look at the symbols for suprasegmentals, you can see that there's a lot of detail to account for.

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