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Word Stress
This handout is to help you with the pronunciation of some words which crop up frequently when you are talking about Literature and Linguistics. The words here were collected in the Advanced Oral Proficiency Class which focuses on topics from Literature and Lingistics; they are frequently mispronounced. The focus of this handout is not on individual sounds but on where the stress goes within a word. Example: The word “contents “ has two syllables “con“ and “tents “ so which gets the stress? This handout has three parts: (1) Test yourself (2) The right answers (3) Some tips

(1) Test yourself
Mark clearly the stressed syllable: abbreviate abbreviation also although analogy analyse analysis analyst appalling appropriately Arabic association autobiography

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Fiona Ross – FindYourFeet.de categorical category Catholic compound (noun) contents decade decadent differentiate display epitome (careful, it has 4 syllables) facet Homer indistinct lexeme metaphor morpheme morphology mosaic narrate narrative narrator origin original parentage philosophical philosophy phoneme phonemic proprietor romance simile (careful, it has 3 syllables) variable variety vary 2

Fiona Ross – FindYourFeet.de

(2) The right answers
I have capitalised the stressed syllable to make it really clear. Please note that there are differences of opinion on how words are divided into syllables. Do we pronounce “morpheme“ as mor – pheme? Or do we pronounce it as morph – eme? Is is a – bbrev – i – a –tion? Or is it ab – brev – i –a – tion? See the Longman Pronunciation Dictionary for a discussion of this. No matter, the stressed syllable remains the same. aBBREViate abbreviAtion ALso alTHOUGH anALogy ANalyse aNALysis ANalyst aPPALLing aPPROPriately ARabic associAtion autobiOGraphy cateGORical CATegory CATHolic COMpound (noun) CONtents DECade DECadent diffeRENtiate disPLAY e-PIT-o-me (careful, it has 4 syllables) FACet HOMer IndisTINCT LEXeme METaphor 3

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