English is a stress-timed language , and both syllable stress and word stress , where only certain words in a sentence or phrase are stressed, are important features of received pronunciation. Indian native languages are actually syllable-timed languages , like Latin and French. Indian-English speakers usually speak with a syllabic rhythm.  Further, in some Indian languages, stress is associated with a low pitch,  whereas in most English dialects, stressed syllables are generally pronounced with a higher pitch. Thus, when some Indian speakers speak, they appear to put the stress accents at the wrong syllables, or accentuate all the syllables of a long English word. Certain Indian accents are of a "sing-song" nature, a feature seen in a few English dialects in Britain, such as Scouse and Welsh English .