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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Example sentences
What remains constant is his cool, velvety use of traditional prosody and forms.
The prosody fits, they get you into the meat of the number.
Length of interval, and not accent, is therefore the determining element in prosody.
Fluent reading has three elements: accurate reading of connected text, at a conversational rate with appropriate prosody.
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