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Relating to spondee.


(spon′dē″) [L. spondeus, fr Gr. spondeios, pert. to or used in a libation, fr spondē, libation]
A two-syllable word that receives an equal or nearly equal accent on each syllable, e.g., toothbrush, football. Spondaic words are use in audiometry to test for acuity and to establish an auditory baseline
spondaic (spon-dā″ik), adjective
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The line lengths vary from the four elongated spondaic beats of "Tu--whit
Although the CID W-1 consists of 36 of the more familiar spondaic words, some of the stimuli, such as horseshoe, greyhound, drawbridge, inkwell, and whitewash, are peculiar to American English, and they pose an unfair challenge to nonnative speakers of Standard American English.
Despite its name, dactylic meter has almost as many spondaic verse feet (HH) as dactylic ones (HLL).
The spondaic opening was reduced from 60% in Ennius to 40% in Vergil, but here the spondees, together with other effects of the diction, are arguably imitative of archaic expression.
In English verse, the spondaic foot is usually composed of two monosyllables.
GREEK TEXT OMITTED] as "a fine spondaic cadence" (289) (see Chantraine, Grammaire homerique I 54).
Dryden is imitating the spondaic struggle of the Latin (princeps ardentem coniecit lampada Turnus), with its competing stresses of ictus and accent.
De acordo com os pressupostos apresentados na literatura, o objetivo do presente estudo e caracterizar os tipos de erros cometidos no teste Staggered Spondaic Words (SSW) por pacientes submetidos a avaliacao do processamento auditivo e correlaciona-los com idade, sexo, escolaridade e subperfil de alteracao.
As Herbert Tucker notes, EBB's trochaic meter, alternating six- and four-foot lines, calls to mind the "piston-pushing, time-clock-punching din of heavy steam machinery," pushing along forcefully through the poem's iambic and spondaic resistance (p.
Stephen Adams gives this prosodically famous line from Paradise Lost: "Rocks, caves,/lakes, fens,/bogs, dens,/and shades/of death" (18), where the three first feet seem spondaic.
Similarly, relative to the control group, a greater proportion of the blast-exposed group had abnormal performance in one or both ears on a measure of auditory temporal resolution (Gaps-In-Noise Test) [22] (39% vs 3%), on a test of binaural processing (masking level difference) [23-24] (33% vs 3%), and on a measure of speech segregation and competing speech (Staggered Spondaic Word Test [SSW]) (44% vs 3%).