Stress
(2,906 words)

Abstract

Stress is an abstract property of syllables that often attracts length, loudness, and pitch. Whether Greek had stress or not is not known; evidence for stress in Greek comes from poetic meter and from phonological and morphological considerations including the placement of the recessive pitch accent.

Modern Greek has stress (like English or Spanish) and it generally has stress where Ancient Greek had a written …

Cite this page
Chris Golston, “Stress”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 28 March 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000323>
First published online: 2014



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