Term: Accent

Definition:

i) A person's accent is the way he or she speaks, with differences in the sounds that can show the place a person comes from, or their social class.

ii) Some languages use accents to change the sound of a letter, represented in writing by a symbol over the letter. English has no accents, except in some foreign words.

iii) The accent on a word is the greater stress put onto a syllable. 'Photographer' has the stress on the second Syllable, whereas 'photographic' has the stress on the third Syllable.


 

See Also: Dialect; Standard English; Received Pronunciation; Punctuation

Category: Pronunciation