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Subject: British Pronunciation
Question: I have heard BBC speakers pronounce these words with
emphasis on the syllable in caps: CONtribute, REfuse (as in I
refuse to be...)

There are lots of others where Brits routinely stress a different
syllable than Americans. Why is this?

Thanks,

Cynthia Dessen
Classics Deptartment, retired
UNC-Chapel Hill

Reply: The simple answer is that the British English stress system differs from the American,
and I would say it's been diverging.

Analyzing English stress is complicated by a number of factors, so unfortunately I can't
be more specific.
Reply From: Elizabeth J Pyatt      click here to access email
 
Date: 29-Jan-2013
 
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  1. Re: British Pronunciation    Anthea Fraser Gupta     (30-Jan-2013)
  2. Re: British Pronunciation    Madalena Cruz-Ferreira     (29-Jan-2013)

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