accentology

play
noun ac·cent·ol·o·gy \ˌak-ˌsen-ˈtä-lə-jē\

Definition of accentology

linguistics

  1. :  the study of accentuation in language :  a system of accentuation in a particular language The book also gives a bibliography, listing key books and articles of interest to students of Serbo-Croatian accentology. — Thomas J. Butler, General Linguistics, 1972

accentological

\ˌak-ˌsen-tə-ˈlä-ji-kəl\ play adjective accentological studies

accentologist

\ˌak-ˌsen-ˈtä-lə-jist\ play noun, plural

accentologists

Various accentologists have told me how hard it is to teach native speakers to become aware of the prosodic distinctions in their own dialects and thereby to teach them to read and write accented materials for any purpose. — Horace G. Lunt, Language, September 1970

There's more!

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!
Already a subscriber? Log in.

Origin and Etymology of accentology

1accent + -o- + -logy (after Russian aktsentologiya or German Accentologie)


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up accentology? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!