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While this question is about the English language, it is also about all other languages:

There's a classification of stress patterns in languages whereby languages are one of two possible types.

One type is when there's a very regular stress pattern -- I think each syllable has similar stress. I think Slavic languages are in this category.

And the other type is where there's more variation in stress. English and lots of other Western European languages in this category.

I can't remember the terminology for this. What's the terminology to denote the language type according to this classification?

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While this question is about the English language, it is also about all other languages... sounds like linguistics to me –  Thursagen Aug 20 '11 at 9:19
    
@Thursagen: Agreed. I think this question should be considered for migration to the as-of-yet nonexistent Linguistics.SE. –  simchona Aug 20 '11 at 9:24
    
Go to the area 51 site Linguistics.SE to commit to it to have a good place to answer this question. –  Mitch Aug 20 '11 at 12:03
    
@John Matthews: The Linguistics.SE site is live now. This would be an excellent question for that site now. –  Mitch Oct 16 '11 at 18:28
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closed as off topic by Thursagen, simchona, Alenanno, Robusto, kiamlaluno Aug 20 '11 at 11:53

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