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In linguistics, and particularly phonology, stress or accent is the relative emphasis or prominence given to a certain syllable in a word or to a certain word in a phrase or sentence. That emphasis is typically caused by such properties as increased loudness and vowel length, full articulation of the vowel, and changes in tone. The terms stress and accent are often used synonymously in that context but are sometimes distinguished. For example, when emphasis is produced through pitch alone, it is called pitch accent, and when produced through length alone, it is called quantitative accent. When caused by a combination of various intensified properties, it is called stress accent or dynamic accent; English uses what is called variable stress accent.
Since stress can be realised through a wide range of phonetic properties, such as loudness, vowel length, and pitch (which are also used for other linguistic functions), it is difficult to define stress solely phonetically.
The stress placed on syllables within words is called word stress. Some languages have fixed stress, meaning that the stress on virtually any multisyllable word falls on a particular syllable, such as the penultimate (e.g. Polish) or the first (e.g. Finnish). Other languages, like English and Russian, have lexical stress, where the position of stress in a word is not predictable in that way but lexically encoded. Sometimes more than one level of stress, such as primary stress and secondary stress, may be identified.
Stress is not necessarily a feature of all languages: some, such as French and Mandarin, are sometimes analyzed as lacking lexical stress entirely.
The stress placed on words within sentences is called sentence stress or prosodic stress. That is one of the three components of prosody, along with rhythm and intonation. It includes phrasal stress (the default emphasis of certain words within phrases or clauses), and contrastive stress (used to highlight an item, a word or part of a word, that is given particular focus).

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  1. FEAnalyst

    Strength of a chain link

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  2. FEAnalyst

    Hertz contact stress with prescribed displacement

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  3. R

    Choosing correct steel beam for a span

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  4. B

    Frame indifference and stress tensor in Newtonian fluids

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  5. Y

    Is a solid cylinder considered thick or thin?

    I have a solid cylinder of diameter 40mm and length 14mm and I have used plane stress approximations in my calculations so far. I know for to assume a thin walled cylinder/tube the wall thickness needs to be less than 1/20 of tube or cylinder diameter. However, what I have found so far is that...
  6. E

    What is the relationship between force lines and the stress tensor field?

    Force lines method is used in Solid Mechanics for visualization of internal forces in a deformed body. A force line represents graphically the internal force acting within a body across imaginary internal surfaces. The force lines show the maximal internal forces and their directions. But...
  7. baldbrain

    A basic doubt about stress and strain

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  8. D

    Biophysics Q: Impact of stiffness (Young's modulus) on stress failure

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  9. FEAnalyst

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  10. FEAnalyst

    Capped pressure vessel - strength and stability

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  11. E

    Stress in a pipe wall

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  12. person123

    I Stresses Caused By Deformation For Bending

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  13. Rahulx084

    Some questions about Friction in fluid flow

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  14. P

    Calculate the maximum vertical point force P that this beam can sustain

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  15. person123

    Lines of Stress in a Material

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  16. P

    Beams-Bending stress exercise

    A chimney has a rectangular cross-section with external dimensions 800 × 600 mm and wall thickness 150 mm. It is 5 m high. The density of the material is 2000 kg/m3. Assuming that the material is elastic, calculate the maximum uniform wind-pressure loading (N/m2) that...
  17. E

    I Normal Stress

    What's really the difference between pressure and normal stress? Also I know pressure acts normal to a surface from the outside Do normal stress acts from inside? I'm reading bird transport phenomena and this is confusing
  18. S

    How to decide which component is best in terms of stress and deformation?

    Summary: In terms of stress, strain & deformation, what is better for a given component. 1) low stress or high stress 2) less strain or large strain 3) less deformation or large deformation? Some dimensional changes were made in an existing component to study how these changes effect the...
  19. R

    Fluids doubt

    what does it mean that fluid cannot sustain a force that is tangential to its surface.which surface fluids's surface or container? and what does it mean it cannot withstand shearing stress.what's shearing stress and what does it mean here.and why exert force only in direction perpendicular to...
  20. greenrichy

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  21. L

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  22. Rahulx084

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  23. olgerm

    Angular speed that breaks a spinning body apart with inertial stress

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  24. person123

    Thermal Expansion of a Wire Connected To a Rod

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  25. WhiteWolf98

    Poisson's Ratio

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  26. Remixex

    Stress and Strain tensors in cylindrical coordinates

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  27. jamalkoiyess

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  28. R

    Finding a maximum force in a beam type system before failure

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  29. CameronRose

    Shearing when bolts are arranged radially

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  30. G

    Automotive How to Calculate maximum torque a riveted joint can stand

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