secondary accent

secondary accent

noun
a stress accent weaker than primary accent but stronger than lack of stress.
Also called secondary stress.


Origin:
1830–40

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secondary accent or secondary stress
 
n
phonetics Compare primary accent (in a system of transcribing utterances recognizing three levels of stress) the accent on a syllable of a word or breath group that is weaker than the primary accent but stronger than the lack of stress: in the word ``agriculture'' the secondary accent falls on the third syllable
 
secondary stress or secondary stress
 
n

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