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for questions about the sound, stress, or intonation of spoken words.

This tag is for questions about sounds, intonation, stress, and similar aspects of uttering spoken words.

For questions about the physical aspects of sound such as the acoustic properties, auditory perception, or neurophysiological status, see . For technical questions about the systematic grammatical characterization of sounds, and the sound system of English, use .

The pronunciation of spoken English is only loosely connected to its representation in written English. See for questions about their divergence, and for questions about words with pronunciations that are based on their spellings. Because of this weak tie, and because sounds can be pronounced differently in the various s and of the language, the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) is strongly preferred to represent pronunciations on this site; see for questions about that system.