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I was taught to stress the first syllable of "television", but some dictionaries stress the syllable before -sion. My other question is "Does stressing VI before -sion exist in AmE?

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Merriam-Webster says that putting the primary stress (or accent) on the second-to-last syllable of television is an "especially British" pronunciation.

I'm an American English speaker, and I don't remember ever hearing that pronunciation.

In American English, the pronunciation with primary stress on the first syllable may be analyzed as having tertiary stress on the second-to-last syllable: ˈteleˌvision.

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    Yes, and in American English, "1tele3vision" has the same 1 3 stress pattern as the verb "1tele3vise". – Greg Lee May 30 at 2:52
  • I'd say the version with the stress on the second last syllable is fairly uncommon in BrE. – user339660 May 30 at 3:29

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