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pros·o·dy

(proz'ŏ-dē),
The varying rhythm, intensity, and frequency of speech that are interpreted as stress or intonation that aid meaning transmission.

pros·o·dy

(proz'ŏ-dē)
The varying rhythm, stress, and frequency of speech that aids meaning transmission.

prosody

(prŏs′ă-dē) [L. prosodia, accent of a syllable]
The normal rhythm, melody, and articulation of speech.
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Chapter 10 puts forward the hypothesis that inspired writing will differ from uninspired in the density of its subtextual and prosodie clashes, and that the clashes themselves will be indicative of the presence of inspiration (274).
Regarding English-English dictionaries, Partington (1998) examined the semantic prosodies of set in, peddle, and dealings.
Ji and Wu (2000) examined the semantic prosodies of set in, rife, and propaganda in three modern English-Chinese dictionaries.
Wang (2004) studied the semantic prosodies of five lexical items (i.e., incite, impressive, contribute to, and a pair of near synonyms persist and persevere) in 10 English-Chinese bilingual dictionaries widely used in China.
Siepmann's research, for example, indicated that German speakers of English are prone to pragmatic errors due to a misunderstanding of the semantic prosodies of lexical items (e.g., the idiom have s.th.
Tsui's (2005) research also indicates that for ESL teachers, one challenge in vocabulary instruction concerns the semantic prosodies of synonyms or near-synonyms.