Accent – (Regional & Cultural Accent)

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The Word “Accent”

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The word, “Accent” is used in a number of different ways in The English Language.  You can read all about those different ways on The Wiktionary Page.  But the only versions of this word that we are concerned with here — are those versions that directly relate to Language — and more specifically — to Pronunciation.
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You will obtain all that you need to know about this word (as it relates to Language & Pronunciation) from reading this article.  However — it is often very interesting to see how the other meanings and usages are related — even if only Metaphorically.  So I suggest reading the Wiktionary Page linked above.  (It will won’t hurt you, and it may actually “broaden your mind”) 😉
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The Meaning Of The Word “Accent”

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The word “Accent” has different meanings, depending on what subject or “field of interest” it is being used in.  But an interesting thing to note is — In all meanings of the word — is it clear that:  (to) Accent (something) — [Verb Form] means:

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  • “To put some directed ‘focus’ or ‘attention’ onto a thing — as separate and distinct from other things.”
  • “To put some directed ‘focus’ or ‘attention’ on a single part of a thing — to make that part distinct from the rest.”
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Accent - Accentuate

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And in the case the the word, “Accent” is used as a Noun — then it is simply referring to whatever it is that is doing/causing/or is a “result of” that focus.  It is the “thing” that is “doing” or “causing” that directed “focus” op “Attention”.
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“The dress had bright floral accents that made it perfect for a Spring-time gathering.”

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The Usage Of The Word “Accent”

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As for the Usage of the word, “Accent” — we are only focused (in this article) with the two common ways that it is used in-relation-to Language & Pronunciation.  The first referring to:  A Regional or Cultural “Accent”.
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And the second (less-common) usage of this word is to describe what we refer-to — on all GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! Articles, Blog-Posts, Pages, Videos, and Audio-Recordings — as:  “Word-Stress”.
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Regional or Cultural Accent

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Regional And Cultural Accent

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This usage of the word, “Accent” is the most commonly-used, and most widely-known usage of the term.  It is used to refer-to:  the unique way that certain people pronounce the words of a language — and also (though less-commonly known):  the rhythm and melody of speech that is unique to certain cultures and the people of certain regions.
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  • If a person’s accent is difficult to comprehend — we say that they have:  “A Thick Accent”
  • If a person’s accent is easy to comprehend (even though we can still hear a unique accent), then we say that they have:
    “A Slight Accent”

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“Accent” vs “Word-Stress”

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Since the above usage of the word, “Accent” is the most-common usage — even among people who are not interested- or involved-in the field of Languages — this is the usage and meaning that is used throughout all sites, and other sources of media for GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!
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And since we use The Common Tongue System — and that system is specifically created to remove obscurity from The English Language (largely by eliminating the multiple meanings of words & phrases — and then choosing only that which is the best or “most-correct” meaning & usage) — then whenever we use the word, “Accent” — it is ONLY referring to Regional Accent — and NOT Word-Stress.
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Continue Learning

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Learn The Pronunciation Of The Word, “Accent”

Learn More About The Word “Accent” On Wiktionary

Learn More About The Word “Accent” On Wikipedia

Learn More About The Term:  “Word-Stress” — (Coming Soon)

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