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Moras
(2,768 words)

Abstract

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 08 December 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000241>
First published online: 2013



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