The stress position in Occitan may be recognized in spelling according to three simple rules:
  1. Words terminated by a vowel, an s or an n (only in conjugation) are stressed on the antepenultimate syllable, cf. mecanica mechanics, voler to want, cantan (they) sing.
  2. Words terminated by a consonant (save s) or a diphthong are stressed on the ultimate syllable, cf. gaton cat.
  3. All the exceptions are marked by a written accent on the stressed syllable, cf. cuélher, penós.
The above rules are almost the same as in Spanish.


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