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#209676 - 02/21/13 04:39 AM Emphasis on the wrong syllable
Rock Currier Offline
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Is there a name for spoken words where the emphasis is on the wrong syllable like: The em-pha-ses is on the wrong syl-lab-le
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#209692 - 02/21/13 11:21 AM Re: Emphasis on the wrong syllable [Re: Rock Currier]
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#209695 - 02/21/13 12:37 PM Re: Emphasis on the wrong syllable [Re: LukeJavan8]
Rhubarb Commando Offline
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- and welcome from me, too. It's a good question!
I'm not personally aware of any word to describe this photetic aberration, Rocky, but I'll make a small wager that tsuwm knows one.
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#209697 - 02/21/13 05:31 PM Re: Emphasis on the wrong syllable [Re: Rhubarb Commando]
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it could be some form of metathesis (\mə-ˈta-thə-səs\) or some other linguistic trope; I used to think that I came up with the expression 'emPHAsis on the wrong sylLAble' until I started hearing it elsewhere, like here (see 1:35)

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