tonic accent

  1. emphasis that results from pitch rather than loudness
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How To Use tonic accent In A Sentence

  • This is realized phonologically as a tone group, with the peak of prominence or tonic accent falling on the new element.
  • He possessed the Hollywood-Teutonic accent of a mitteleuropa geostrategist as well as a riveting personal story of escaping the oncoming horror of Nazism to serve the land that took him in. Magic and Mayhem
  • In addition, the stress placed at the end of a French sentence is also not a tonic accent -- a rise in loudness -- but a rise in pitch -- which we English speakers do only with questions (unless we are valley girls) -- that is, when asking a question, our voice goes from, say, middle C to F. L'accent tonique - French Word-A-Day
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