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Inflection vs. Accent: Know the Difference

Inflection vs. Accent

Inflection and Accent Definitions

Inflection

The act of inflecting or the state of being inflected.

Accent

The relative prominence of a particular syllable of a word by greater intensity or by variation or modulation of pitch or tone.

Inflection

Alteration in pitch or tone of the voice.

Accent

Vocal prominence or emphasis given to a particular syllable, word, or phrase.

Inflection

An alteration of the form of a word by the addition of an affix, as in English dogs from dog, or by changing the form of a base, as in English spoke from speak, that indicates grammatical features such as number, person, mood, or tense.

Accent

One determined by the regional or social background of the speaker.

Inflection

An affix indicating such a grammatical feature, as the -s in the English third person singular verb form speaks.

Accent

One determined by the phonetic characteristics of the speaker's native language carried over to that speaker's use of another language.

Inflection

The paradigm of a word.

Accent

A mark or symbol used in the printing and writing of certain languages to indicate the vocal quality to be given to a particular letter
An acute accent.

Inflection

A pattern of forming paradigms, such as noun inflection or verb inflection.

Accent

A mark or symbol used in printing and writing to indicate the stressed syllables of a spoken word.

Inflection

A turning or bending away from a course or position of alignment.

Accent

Rhythmically significant stress in a line of verse.

Inflection

Change in the form of a word (morphologic change) to express different grammatical categories.
In English, word order often does the work that inflection did in Latin

Accent

Emphasis or prominence given to a note or chord, as by an increase in volume or extended duration.

Inflection

An instance of such change.
An inflection for gender, number, or tense

Accent

A mark representing this.

Inflection

(grammar) An affix representing such an instance.
English's regular inflection for number in plural nouns is the suffix -s.

Accent

A mark used as a superscript to distinguish among variables represented by the same symbol.

Inflection

Any form produced by such an instance of a change, such as the principal parts for any given stem: any of the declined or conjugated forms that constitute its declension or conjugation.
Recite every inflection for each of these words.

Accent

A mark used as a superscript to indicate the first derivative of a variable.

Inflection

A change in pitch or tone of voice.
If he's lying, his inflection changes.

Accent

A mark or one of several marks used as a superscript to indicate a unit, such as feet (′) and inches (") in linear measurement.

Inflection

(mathematics) A change in curvature from concave to convex or from convex to concave.

Accent

A distinctive feature or quality, such as a feature that accentuates, contrasts with, or complements a decorative style.

Inflection

A turning away from a straight course.
Inflection from the rules

Accent

Something that accentuates or contrasts something else, as a touch of color that makes the features of an image stand out.

Inflection

(optometry) Diffraction.

Accent

Particular importance or interest; emphasis
The accent is on comfort.

Inflection

The act of inflecting, or the state of being inflected.

Accent

To stress or emphasize the pronunciation of
Accented the first syllable in “debacle.”.

Inflection

A bend; a fold; a curve; a turn; a twist.

Accent

To mark with a printed accent.

Inflection

A slide, modulation, or accent of the voice; as, the rising and the falling inflection.

Accent

To focus attention on; accentuate
A program that accents leadership development.

Inflection

The variation or change which words undergo to mark case, gender, number, comparison, tense, person, mood, voice, etc.

Accent

(linguistics) A higher-pitched or stronger (louder or longer) articulation of a particular syllable of a word or phrase in order to distinguish it from the others or to emphasize it.
In the word "careful", the accent is placed on the first syllable.

Inflection

Any change or modification in the pitch or tone of the voice.

Accent

(figuratively) Emphasis or importance in general.
At this hotel, the accent is on luxury.

Inflection

Same as Diffraction.

Accent

(orthography) A mark or character used in writing, in order to indicate the place of the spoken accent, or to indicate the nature or quality of the vowel marked.
The name Cézanne is written with an acute accent.

Inflection

A change in the form of a word (usually by adding a suffix) to indicate a change in its grammatical function

Accent

Modulation of the voice in speaking; the manner of speaking or pronouncing; a peculiar or characteristic modification of the voice, expressing emotion; tone.

Inflection

The patterns of stress and intonation in a language

Accent

The distinctive manner of pronouncing a language associated with a particular region, social group, etc., whether of a native speaker or a foreign speaker; the phonetic and phonological aspects of a dialect.
A foreign accent
A broad Irish accent
A hint of a German accent

Inflection

Deviation from a straight or normal course

Accent

A manner of pronunciation suggesting that the speaker is from a different region; a foreign accent.
My professor's accent is so thick that it's difficult to understand her lectures.
She spoke with a strong accent that betrayed her southern roots.
I was surprised to learn that he was an immigrant, as he spoke without any accent.

Inflection

A manner of speaking in which the loudness or pitch or tone of the voice is modified

Accent

(sign languages) A distinctive manner of producing a sign language, such as someone who does not normally use a certain sign language might have when using it.

Accent

A word; a significant tone or sound.

Accent

Expressions in general; speech.

Accent

Stress laid on certain syllables of a verse.

Accent

(music) A regularly recurring stress upon the tone to mark the beginning, and, more feebly, the third part of the measure.

Accent

(music) A special emphasis of a tone, even in the weaker part of the measure.

Accent

(music) A mark used to represent this special emphasis.The third and fourth symbols are accents (marks used to represent special emphasis in music).

Accent

(music) The rhythmical accent, which marks phrases and sections of a period.

Accent

(mathematics) A prime symbol.

Accent

Emphasis laid on a part of an artistic design or composition; an emphasized detail, in particular a detail in sharp contrast to its surroundings.
Accent color

Accent

A very small gemstone set into a piece of jewellery.

Accent

(archaic) Utterance.

Accent

(transitive) To express the accent of vocally; to utter with accent.

Accent

(transitive) To mark emphatically; to emphasize; to accentuate; to make prominent.

Accent

(transitive) To mark with written accents.

Accent

A superior force of voice or of articulative effort upon some particular syllable of a word or a phrase, distinguishing it from the others.

Accent

A mark or character used in writing, and serving to regulate the pronunciation; esp.: (a) a mark to indicate the nature and place of the spoken accent; (b) a mark to indicate the quality of sound of the vowel marked; as, the French accents.

Accent

Modulation of the voice in speaking; manner of speaking or pronouncing; peculiar or characteristic modification of the voice; tone; as, a foreign accent; a French or a German accent.
The tender accent of a woman's cry.

Accent

A word; a significant tone
Winds! on your wings to Heaven her accents bear,Such words as Heaven alone is fit to hear.

Accent

Stress laid on certain syllables of a verse.

Accent

A regularly recurring stress upon the tone to mark the beginning, and, more feebly, the third part of the measure.

Accent

A mark placed at the right hand of a letter, and a little above it, to distinguish magnitudes of a similar kind expressed by the same letter, but differing in value, as y´, y.

Accent

To express the accent of (either by the voice or by a mark); to utter or to mark with accent.

Accent

To mark emphatically; to emphasize.

Accent

Distinctive manner of oral expression;
He couldn't suppress his contemptuous accent
She had a very clear speech pattern

Accent

Special importance or significance;
The red light gave the central figure increased emphasis
The room was decorated in shades of gray with distinctive red accents

Accent

The usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people;
The immigrants spoke an odd dialect of English
He has a strong German accent

Accent

The relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch);
He put the stress on the wrong syllable

Accent

A diacritical mark used to indicate stress or placed above a vowel to indicate a special pronunciation

Accent

To stress, single out as important;
Dr. Jones emphasizes exercise in addition to a change in diet

Accent

Put stress on; utter with an accent;
In Farsi, you accent the last syllable of each word

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