ac·​cent·​ol·​o·​gy | \ ˌak-ˌsen-ˈtä-lə-jē How to pronounce accentology (audio) \

Definition of accentology

: 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

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accentological \ ˌak-​ˌsen-​tə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce accentology (audio) \ adjective
accentological studies
accentologist \ ˌak-​ˌsen-​ˈtä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce accentology (audio) \ 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

First Known Use of accentology

1881, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for accentology

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

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“Accentology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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