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WORD STRESS & VOWEL LENGTH

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Transcript of WORD STRESS & VOWEL LENGTH

3. WORD STRESS & VOWEL LENGTH
Rules for stress and vowel length

In every English word of more than one syllable, one syllable is stressed the most.

The vowel sound in the stressed syllable is extra long. It is the peak vowel
Listening for vowel length.
Canada
Japan
China
America
England
Alberta
Ottawa
Washington
remain
mainly
amaze
soapy
arrive
reason
arrange
training
explain
attractive
principal
atomic
arrangement
electric
politics
sensitive

Stress in acronyms

Each letter in an acronym is pronounced separately, however the last letter usually is the most stressed
Acronyms
TV
BBC
USA
MBA
NFL
The two vowel rule with multi - syllable words
If there are two vowel letters in the stressed syllable of a word: The first vowel is pronounced with its alphabet sound and the second vowel is silent
There are exceptions as well such as: friend, believe etc. (p.20.G)
The one vowel rule for multi-syllable words
If there is only one vowel letter in the stressed syllable of a word, it is pronounced with its relative vowel sound.
attract, relative, filling, stopping, thunder
practice, sentence, missing, punish, electric

Monotonous
cacophony
prerogative
drudgery
paradigm
automaticity
derivative
piquant
echelon
econ
Worcestershire
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