Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics

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The mora is an abstract unit of syllable weight. Light syllables have one mora, heavy syllables two. Short vowels have one mora, long vowels and diphthongs two; codas contribute an additional mora to the weight of a syllable.

1. Introduction

Syllable weight plays an important role in phonological descriptions. It is modeled in phonological theory by way of the mora:…

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Leo Wetzels and Ben Hermans, “Moras”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 02 April 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000241>
First published online: 2013

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