occasional observations on English pronunciation features, phonetics, teaching and learning
Monday, 11 October 2010
inconsistent stress marking in OALD 8
One of my occasional pastimes is to thumb through dictionaries and let some random entry 'greet my eyes'. One of my latest purchases is OALD 8, so I took it from the shelf and opened it. Reading the dictionary entry for ACCOUNT I found several idioms in it, some indicating the main stress, some not. I am informed that the main stress is on ac'count in on your own ac'count, of no ac'count, of little ac'count but am left in the dark about how to stress by all accounts, not on any account etc. A bit of a disappointment!