prosodic

prosody

[pros-uh-dee]
noun
1.
the science or study of poetic meters and versification.
2.
a particular or distinctive system of metrics and versification: Milton's prosody.
3.
Linguistics. the stress and intonation patterns of an utterance.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Latin prosōdia < Greek prosōidía tone or accent, modulation of voice, song sung to music, equivalent to prós toward + ōid() ode + -ia -y3

prosodic [pruh-sod-ik] , prosodical, adjective
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prosody (ˈprɒsədɪ)
 
n
1.  the study of poetic metre and of the art of versification, including rhyme, stanzaic forms, and the quantity and stress of syllables
2.  a system of versification
3.  the patterns of stress and intonation in a language
 
[C15: from Latin prosōdia accent of a syllable, from Greek prosōidia song set to music, from pros towards + ōidē, from aoidē song; see ode]
 
prosodic
 
adj
 
'prosodist
 
n

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prosody
mid-15c., from L. prosodia, from Gk. prosoidia "song sung to music," also "accent, modulation," from pros "to" + oide "song, poem" (see ode).
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