Definition of syllable-timed in English:

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syllable-timed

adjective

(Of a language) characterized by a rhythm in which syllables occur at roughly equivalent time intervals, irrespective of the stress placed on them. French is a syllable-timed language. Contrasted with stress-timed.
Example sentences
  • Japanese is a syllable-timed language with a pitch accent.
  • Learners whose mother tongue is phonemic or syllable-timed have particular problems.
  • But an even more common error made by non-native speakers whose mother tongue is syllable-timed is not reducing function words and other unstressed syllables enough.

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