Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics

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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 accent-mark (…

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Chris Golston, “Stress”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 31 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000323>
First published online: 2014

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