the principal or strongest stress of a word.
What Makes Accents Appealing?What makes certain accents sexy and others harsh? “The RINE in SPINE fawls MINELY on tha PLINE!” In the song “The Rain in Spain” from the musical My Fair Lady, phonetics professor Henry Higgins (‘enry ‘iggins) pleads with Eliza Doolittle to say “Ay not I, O not Ow.” By the end of the song Eliza’s “AY-ing” and “O-ing” and pronouncing all her H’s. The guttersnipe is …
Also called primary stress.
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British Dictionary definitions for primary accent
linguistics the strongest accent in a word or breath group, as that on the first syllable of agricultureCompare secondary accent
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