[Ads-l] Dim sum stress

David Daniel david at COARSECOURSES.COM
Wed Dec 31 01:23:31 UTC 2014

Hmmm. I've always heard it/said it "dim SUM". This covers L.A., San
Francisco, London, and (maybe) Chicago (not 100% sure about Chicago). My
daughter, who lives in New York, says New York says "DIM sum". 

Poster:       Barbara Need <bhneed at GMAIL.COM>
Subject:      Re: Dim sum stress

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


Etna, NY

> Poster:       Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM>
> Subject:      Dim sum stress
> The Oxford Dictionary site gives "dim sum" with
> - the accent on the second syllable in the British/World English
> dictionary
> )
> 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?

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