[Ads-l] Dim sum stress

Barbara Need bhneed at GMAIL.COM
Tue Dec 30 21:43:09 UTC 2014


I have also always heard this with the primary stress on the first  
syllable.

Barbara

Etna, NY

On 30 Dec 2014, at 2:26 PM, Benjamin Barrett wrote:

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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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