[Ads-l] Dim sum stress

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Tue Dec 30 19:57:50 UTC 2014


As soon as I sent this, I noticed the Wikipedia article actually has two 
stress marks, both apparently primary.

Trying to figure out whether the stress pattern is primary primary or 
primary secondary is beyond my ability to discern stress, but primary 
primary seems at least possible, though I think primary secondary is my 
preferred pronunciation. BB

> Benjamin Barrett <mailto:gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM>
> December 30, 2014 at 11:26 AM
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> The Oxford Dictionary site gives "dim sum" with
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> - 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) 
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> 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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