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[Fallacy of accent] a word, sentence, or entire idea can be interpreted differently by changing where the accent falls

[Fallacy of accent] a word, sentence, or entire idea can be interpreted differently by changing where the accent falls [Fallacy of accent] a word, sentence, or entire idea can be interpreted differently by changing where the accent falls
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The fallacy of accent (also referred to as accentus, from its Latin denomination, and misleading accent) is a type of ambiguity that arises when the meaning of a sentence is changed by placing an unusual prosodic stress, or when, in a written passage, it is left unclear which word the emphasis was supposed to fall on.

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I didn't take the test yesterday. (Somebody else did.)
I didn't take the test yesterday. (I did not take it.)
I didn't take the test yesterday. (I did something else with it.)
I didn't take the test yesterday. (I took a different one.)
I didn't take the test yesterday. (I took something else.)
I didn't take the test yesterday. (I took it some other day.)

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I think that it's quite interesting to note that this fallacy exists in almost every language

By thealivedeadchannel | 04/12/2020

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