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Syllabic Consonants
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Syllabic consonants are segments articulated as consonants that nonetheless occupy the nucleus of a syllable, as for instance in the final segment of English even [ˈiːvn̩].

Although syllabic consonants are not unambiguously present at any stage of attested Greek (but see below for the proposal of Heubeck 1972), their development from Proto-Indo-European has received an enormous amount of attention. A set of four syllabic consonants (two nasals, [ṃ] and [ṇ], one lateral […

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David Goldstein, “Syllabic Consonants”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 01 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000408>
First published online: 2013

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