An ELT Glossary : Contrastive Stress



Definition : Stronger emphasis (increase in loudness, length, higher pitch) on one syllable in order to contrast it with another and therefore to "correct" an assumption or implication in another part of the discourse. 

Example: Did you ask Mr Evans? / No, I asked 'Mrs Evans - with stress on Mrs 

Extra information : Understanding and producing contrastive stress can be difficult for learners who don't use it in their own language - eg Italians