Definition of accent
- regularly recurring stress.
- a mark indicating stress or some other distinction in pronunciation or value.
- the unique speech patterns, inflections, choice of words, etc., that identify a particular individual: We recognized his accents immediately. She corrected me in her usual mild accents.
- the distinctive style or tone characteristic of an author, composer, etc.: the unmistakably Brahmsian accents of the sonata; She recognized the familiar accents of Robert Frost in the poem.
- a stress or emphasis given to certain notes.
- a mark noting this.
- stress or emphasis regularly recurring as a feature of rhythm.
- a symbol used to distinguish similar quantities that differ in value, as in b′, b″, b‴ (called b prime, b second or b double prime, b third or b triple prime, respectively).
- a symbol used to indicate a particular unit of measure, as feet (′) or inches (″), minutes (′) or seconds (″).
- a symbol used to indicate the order of a derivative of a function in calculus, as f′ (called f prime) is the first derivative of a function f.
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What Is Accent Prestige Theory?
No accent is more correct than another. And, here’s the irony. None of us talk the same way all the time. So why do we think some accents sound better than others?
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It really felt like doing an accent even though we’re both Australian.Inside ‘I Am Woman’: A new biopic tells the story of Helen Reddy and her famous song|radmarya|September 10, 2020|Fortune
These accents tend to be the standard form of the language, so, these are usually the pronunciations you hear from mass media, government, business, education … from the dominant social group.
Its founder, Nosipho Maketo-van den Bragt, knew first-hand that there were women in high-flying corporate jobs who needed meticulously-tailored outfits that had colors and accents reflecting a beautiful heritage.South African women are forging new fashion frontiers by embracing their heritage|Norma Young|July 9, 2020|Quartz
According to one LinkedIn job-listing, a “neutral accent is a must” for the position of sales executive for a cloud services company in San Jose, California, known as Zymr.
None of these companies have a definition of what “neutral accents” mean.
But the people from Valley Stream had such a thick New York accent that was all around me.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I struck up a conversation with a man in his fifties or sixties who had a Brooklyn accent.
He seems miffed that Liv Ullmann would go off and do a musical when he was thinking of putting her, accent and all, in his movie.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Of course, in her Neverland they bleach your teeth so white they glow and Madonna coaches you on your convincing British accent.‘Peter Pan Live!’ Review: No Amount of Clapping Brings It to Life|Kevin Fallon|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On it a young beardless man speaks Chechen and Arabic with a soft accent.Fierce Fighting in Grozny Raises Specter of ISIS Influence in Russia|Anna Nemtsova|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And all over the world each language would be taught with the same accent and quantities and idioms—a very desirable thing indeed.The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
The baron's pallid face looked more bloodless, his accent was fiercer, and his countenance more ruffianly as he uttered all this.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
As Ted suspected, the stranger was of Northern birth, which showed itself in his accent and cold, proud bearing.The Cromptons|Mary J. Holmes
Near me, sitting at a little table, were two gentlemen—unmistakably Scotch, as their accent proclaimed.Friend Mac Donald|Max O'Rell
Let your articulation be easy, clear, correct in accent, and suited in tone and emphasis to your discourse.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness|Florence Hartley
British Dictionary definitions for accent
- stress placed on certain notes in a piece of music, indicated by a symbol printed over the note concerned
- the rhythmic pulse of a piece or passage, usually represented as the stress on the first beat of each barSee also syncopation