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21.12. stress Property

The stress property is used to help “color” a voice, in order to add more inflection or emphasis. This property is a companion to the pitch-range property, aiding it in an effort to add more or less emotional inflection to a given voice.

The stress property can either take a numeric value ranging from 0 to 100, or can take the named property inherit common to all CSS2 properties. English is a language that relies upon stress values within words. The more a word is stressed, the more each syllable in the word is emphasized, and the more inflected it becomes. In the CSS2 scheme, a value of 50 is equal to normally inflected English speech, 0 is equal to very dry, uninflected speech, and 100 is a wildly inflected voice. The inherit property simply takes on whatever parent value may have already been set for the stress property.


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