102C Levels of STRESS

102C. Recognizing primary & secondary STRESS
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  • If you read sections 102A you saw that some syllables get stressed, while others do not. In section 102B you saw that some words get stressed, while others do not. That means that the STRESSED syllables within STRESSED words get double STRESSED.
  • This might seem complicated, but it's actually really simple, and you do it every time you speak. Look at the examples below and you will see that you are already naturally capable of speaking with different levels of stress.

PRIMARY AND SECONDARY STRESS

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Look at the word INTERVENTION:

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This word has two STRESSED syllables: IN & VEN,

And two UNstressed syllables: ter & tion.

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But if you listen carefully, the syllable that is stressed the most, is VEN. So, VEN is the primary STRESSED syllable and IN is the secondary STRESSED syllable.

LEVELS OF STRESS

So if you were speaking to your husband and you wanted to emphasize that your son has baseball practice today and not tomorrow, the word [today] would be stressed.  But the last syllable of [today] would have even an extra level of STRESS.rhymeweaver meter rhyme rhythm iamb pentameter anapest trochee dactyl metrical line feet rhythm tetrameter writing children's books picture stories teaching Lane Fredrickson

Johnny has baseball practice today. 

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