DIMENSIONS: DENOTATION / Quality
C O N S I D E R A T I O N S
May be considered in terms of: hue, tones, brightness values, pitch, tint, shades, pattern, representation, motif. . . . Pattern - and similar forms, styles, standards, principles, concepts which are employed for Emphasis, Change, Inflection, Stress, Prominence . . . and which may be characteristic of a Particular Emotion, Intent, Voice/speaker, Characteristic, Mood, Pattern or Motif, Style, etc.
Music: Marked; accented; well-pronounced. [Elson, Louis C. Professor of Theory of Music at the New England Conservatory of Music. ElsonÍs Music Dictionary. Boston: Oliver Ditson Co. MCMV.]
Language: Consider the acute [ é ], the grave [ è ], and the circumflex [ ê ] accents and pitch and/or stress accents denoting presence or absence of aspiration [in language]
To Accentuate. . .
Degree - within a work, within a word or phrase [Primary, secondary . . . .Prominence . . . .Strength . . . . .etc.]
Regularly recurring emphasis or stress
Feature of identification
Characteristic of speaker or speach expressing a particular emotion
Mode of pronunciation, pitch, tone, emphasis pattern or intonation distincguished as peculiar to person, group, locality
Symbol to distinguish similar quantities that differ in value
Symbol to indicate a particular unit of measure
Symbol to indicate the order of a derivative of a function in calculus
distinctive but subordinate pattern, motif, color, flavor, or the like
R E F E R E N C E S
Accent [< L accent(us) speaking tone . . . . ] 1. prominence of a syllable in terms of differential loudness, pitch, length or a combination of these. 2. degree of prominence of a syllable within a work and sometimes of a word within a phrase: primary accent: secondary accent. 3. a mark indicating stress as ( è ), ( é ). . . ., either following or preceding a syllable. 4. Pros. regularly recurring stress. 5. a musical tone or pattern of pitch inherent in a particular language either as a feature essential to the identification of a vowel or a syllable or to the general accoustic character of the language. Cf. pitch [def. 21], Tone [def. 7]. 6. Often, accents. speech patterns, inflections, choice of words, etc., that are characteristic of a particular speaker or of speech expressing a particular emotion. 7. a mode of pronunciation, as pitch or tone, emphasis pattern or intonation, characteristic of or peculiar to the speech of a particular person, group, or locality: foreign accent; a Southern accent. Cf. tone [def. 5]. 8. such a mode of pronunciation recognized as being of foreign origin: He still speaks with an accent. 9. Music. a. a stress or emphasis given to certain notes. b. a mark noting this. c. stress or emphasis regularly recurring as a feature of rhythm. 10. Math. a. a symbol used to distinguish similar quantities that differ in value, as in b´, b´´, b´´´ [called b prime, b second or b double prime, and b third or b triple prime, respectively]. b. a symbol used to indicate a particular unit of measure, as feet ['] or inches ["], minutes ['] or seconds ["]. c. a symbol used to indicate the order of a derivative of a function in calculus . . . . 11. a distinctive but subordinate pattern, motif, color, flavor, or the like: The salad dressing had an accent of garlic. -v.t. 12. to pronounce with prominence [a syllable within a word or a word within a phrase]: Accent the first syllable. 13. to mark with a written accent or accents. 14. to give emphasis or prominence to; accentuate.
[Urdang, Laurence, ed. Random House Dictionary of The English Language. New York: Random House, 1968.]
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