I’ve always been bothered that English writing has no great way of describing prosodic stress. I only learned that term today but I’ve understood it for decades! What is “prosodic stress”? I’ll borrow from Wikipedia which has a nice definition and example:
IÂ didn’t take the test yesterday. (Somebody else did.)
IÂ didn’tÂ take the test yesterday. (I did not take it.)
I didn’tÂ takeÂ the test yesterday. (I did something else with it.)
I didn’t takeÂ theÂ test yesterday. (I took one of several.Â orÂ I didn’t take the specific test that would have been implied.)
I didn’t take theÂ testÂ yesterday. (I took something else.)
I didn’t take the testÂ yesterday. (I took it some other day.)
Thanks to Tom Scott’s Why Shakespeare Could Never Have Been French video for teaching me the term!