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Syllable Structure
(1,428 words)

1. What is a syllable?

The syllable is a fundamental unit of speech in any language studied both on the phonetic and phonological level of analysis. Phonetically, syllables “are usually described as consisting of a centre which has little or no obstruction to airflow and which sounds comparatively loud; before and after that centre…there will be greater obstruction to airflow and/or less loud…

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Maher Jesry, “Syllable Structure”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 20 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0327>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



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