I’ve watched lots of videos and read lots of articles that talk about this subject. However, I couldn’t understand because almost every article says something either new or different.

So, I’d love to know the answer to this question. Plus, would love to know how this question would be stressed.

I do realize it depends on the accent so to make the question clearer, I'm interested in American English.

Another thing I'd love to say, in music, they tend to stress the final content word of a sentence, that’s what I’ve been noticing. However, I’ve heard that there’re lots of stress patterns and you can choose whichever you want, is that true?

  • It's often the case that stress can be placed on arbitrary words to, well, stress its importance. However, there are natural places to place stress.
    – Lawrence
    Jul 30 '16 at 15:33
  • can you please elaborate more?
    – Lompo1
    Jul 30 '16 at 15:45
  • In your question's title, for example, you might stress native to exclude English speakers whose primary language is not English. Or you might stress speakers to exclude, say, readers. However, it is more natural to place the stress on the words content and important, and perhaps final because these words carry important content in the sentence. They are also the terms that carry contrasting meaning within the context of the sentence. Stress is typically placed on the part(s) of the sentence that you wish to highlight.
    – Lawrence
    Jul 30 '16 at 15:48
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    I've noticed among some bilingual French Canadians and American teenagers a tendency to raise the pitch of the last word in a statement, as though it were a question? ;-) Jul 30 '16 at 17:29
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    @Gandalf - Hahahaha! Yes, mostly young women. It drives me crazy, right behind the overuse of "like" and "you know." Jul 30 '16 at 18:23

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