suprasegmentals

suprasegmental

[soo-pruh-seg-men-tl]
adjective
1.
above, beyond, or in addition to a segment.
2.
Linguistics. pertaining to or noting features of speech, as stress, pitch, and length, that accompany individual consonants and vowels and may extend over more than one such segmental element; pertaining to junctural and prosodic features.
noun
3.
a suprasegmental feature.

Origin:
1940–45; supra- + segmental

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suprasegmental (ˌsuːprəsɛɡˈmɛntəl, ˌsjuː-)
 
adj
linguistics denoting those features of a sound or sequence of sounds that accompany rather than form part of the consecutive segments of a word or sentence, as for example stress and pitch in English
 
supraseg'mentally
 
adv

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