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Fallacy Of Accent

November 4th, 2009

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Fallacy Of Accent

classification : informal – fallacies of ambiguity

Accent refers to the stress placed upon a word in a sentence or a syllable in a word. In Greek, this was very important because a written word with one spelling could have more than one pronunciation and meaning, thus creating multiple words.

Expanded Definition


The Fallacy of Accent was one of the original fallacies described by Aristotle. Fortunately, it was more of a fallacy in his native Greek than it is for anyone else today.

Other Names

Fallacy of Amphiboly

Note: On Sophistical Refutations – Translated by W. A. Pickard-Cambridge

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