[Ads-l] Dim sum stress

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Tue Dec 30 19:26:49 UTC 2014


The Oxford Dictionary site gives "dim sum" with

- the accent on the second syllable in the British/World English 
dictionary 
(http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/dim-sum?q=dim+sum&searchDictCode=all) 
and
- a secondary accent on the first syllable and primary accent on the 
second in the American dictionary 
(http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/american_english/dim-sum).

The primary stress on the second syllable matches the accent provided on 
Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dim_sum) but I have always know 
this to be pronounced with the primary accent on the first syllable.

What's more, in the following video, produced by the British Council, 
two people are in London's Chinatown and they both pronounce it as "DIM 
sum" at about 1:18 in:

http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/pt-br/node/2560

Is second-syllable stress a common way to pronounce this term?

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA

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