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Syllable-timed language

Syllable-timed language

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Template:Expert-subject In every language, speech emission is based on a sequence of elementary sound units; some of them play a specific part: through their isochronic recurrence, they produce the rhythm of the sentences. In a syllable-timed language, these rhythm units are syllables.

Whereas most Romance languages are stress-timed, French is syllable-timed; indeed, it sounds as if it is stressed lightly at the end of each word. In contrast, Finnish, another syllable-timed language, sounds as if it is lightly stressed on the first syllable of each word.

In the Slovene language the rhythm is syllable-timed which means that most syllables receive approximately equal stress and their length does not vary as much as in stressed-timed languages.

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br:Mentadur hervez ar silabennoù fr:Langue syllabique

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