Apart from the context (which is the biggest clue), there is slight, but detectable difference in length:
Tag Archives: Rhythm
Q&A: Does the world find the Indian Accent of English funny? And why?
The Indian accent sounds a little like the Welsh accent—but all regional accents in Britain are made fun of, in an affectionate way.
The importance of rhythm (or why Trump won the elections)
This is a very topical question, which I happened to touch upon in a recent post of my Hebrew blog, as it concerns the importance of rhythm in language .
Trump clearly twigged many years ago that the characteristic meter of English speech is the trochee (an element comprising a stressed syllable followed by an unstressed one)—as in the words mother, father, daughter, other, Anglo-Saxon, etc.—and that native English speakers subconsciously prefer it, and short Anglo-Saxon English words, to the meters and long words of other origin. He’s been exploiting this to pitch sales and close deals ever since.