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In phonology, the term stress generally refers to an abstract property of syllables within the word domain by which they are pronounced with more prominence than unstressed syllables. Prominence may involve greater amplitude, higher pitch, greater duration or greater accuracy of articulation (most notably in vowels).

The degree of prominence of a syllable, marked by loudness, length and pitch. Lexical stress refers to the prominence relations within the word, as in 'inCREASE' vs 'INcrease'. The term stress is also used in a more general sense: to indicate which words or phrases in a sentence bear accent, or focus.


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