The Peculiarities and Problems of Accentuation of Most Frequently Used Words in Administrative Style

Vida Žilinskienė


This article analyses the peculiarities and problems of accentuation of nouns and adjectives in Lithuanian administrative style. The emphasis is made to which word’s pronunciation more attention shall be paid, in order to make language more orderly and to avoid common mistakes of accentuation. The analysis is based on data from the computerized frequency dictionary of administrative style. It is shown, that: 1) most frequent within Lithuanian administrative texts are root stress nouns and adjectives, the majority of which being 1st stress paradigm words; 2) the most frequently used nouns of 1st stress paradigm are derivatives with suffixes -ýba, -ýbė and usually stressed on a penultimate syllable and has mainly falling accent; 3) about one third of the most frequently used nouns of 1st stress paradigm are words with suffixes -ìmas, -õvas, -ė, -eñtas, -ūrà and have a rising accent - the accentuation of these words causes the most number of problems. 4) the most frequently used adjectives of 1st and 2nd stress paradigm are derivatives with suffix -ìnis,-ė; 5) the correlations of stress paradigms of nouns and adjectives within zones of medium and small frequency is similar to that of large frequency, but the number of root stress nouns and adjectives is increasing while the number of nouns and adjectives stressed at the ending is decreasing.


frequency dictionary; nouns; adjectives; stress paradigm; frequency

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