Definition of accentual in English:



  • See accent

    • ‘A conscious effort to revive it for more complex lyrical uses was made in the late 19th cent. by G. M. Hopkins, who referred to the effect of his accentual experiments as ‘sprung rhythm’.’
    • ‘Pound and Waley taught the West a kind of irregular iambic pentameter or free verse, in both cases as dependent on quantitative rhythms as on accentual.’
    • ‘As distinct from Stevens, where prosody is focused in accentual pulse, Rakosi projects the line as full unit of measure, the compressions or extensions of which aim to trace the interplays of phenomena and reflective thought.’
    • ‘One function of such a form was evidently to draw attention to the phonetic and etymological character of the words, and away from their accentual, syntactic, and rhetorical features.’
    • ‘This new accentual emphasis sometimes stems from a mere cedilla.’
    • ‘Indeed, unless we are exposed to a tongue in infancy, we may never acquire full accentual control, or be as good as native speakers at discriminating closely-similar speech sounds in that language.’
    • ‘Rap characteristically uses the four-stress, accentual line that has been the most common meter for spoken popular poetry in English from Anglo-Saxon verse and the border ballads to Robert Service and Rudyard Kipling.’
    • ‘Each track is regularly cut up into several miniature movements, equally showcasing Buck's immaculate lo-fi production techniques, subtle mixing, accentual scratching, and predominantly soft-spoken emceeing abilities.’
    • ‘Among the very earliest surviving poems in Irish is the accentual eulogy known as Amra Choluim Cille, apparently composed soon after the death of Colum Cille in 597.’
    • ‘That misnomer, Free Verse, has its own chapter of essay and examples, as do English language verse's bread and butter - the accentual and syllabic measures.’
    • ‘Like Longfellow, Lockhart-who justified his undertaking by an appeal to Southey, as well as to the Germans-writes a fluent accentual hexameter that is wholly unforced and almost purely dactylic.’
    • ‘By contrast, English lyric poets rely on a congruence between stress patterns and the beat structure of our music, resulting in a metrical system that is called accentual or accentual-syllabic.’
    • ‘Britons who live for a time in the US may incorporate accentual Americanisms into their speech; Americans may take on local linguistic colour in Britain.’
    • ‘It is also possible to return to many examples that we collected (but did not tape record) and assign them an accentual structure and a PP-phrasing that is undoubtedly correct.’
    • ‘Arnold also weighed in on the ongoing question of the relative merits of, and relation between, quantitative and accentual hexameter and whether accent itself constituted length comparable to that of classical prosody.’
    • ‘In reading the poems accentually rather than syllabically, O Riordain is perhaps seeing them through the lens of post-Classical accentual traditional verse.’
    • ‘Plainchant was first notated with ‘neumes’: small dots and squiggles probably derived in part from the accentual signs once used in the Latin language.’