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Law of Open Syllables (Rising Sonority)
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The law of open syllables refers to a series of Late Common Slavic rules that specified that syllables must end in a vowel, rather than a consonant. Since many originally inherited syllables did not end in a vowel, the open-syllable law led to significant changes in the shape of the language.

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Feldstein, Ronald, “Law of Open Syllables (Rising Sonority)”, in: Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics Online, Editor-in-Chief Marc L. Greenberg. Consulted online on 08 December 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-6229_ESLO_COM_036020>
First published online: 2020



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