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Syllable Structure
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Phonological differences among Slavic languages can be best interpreted in terms of the differences in the degree to which the sonority scale is applied in syllables. In those Slavic languages in which the sonority scale is used more consistently, only “one-peak” syllables occur. This is the prevailing syllable structure in the languages of the world. Some Slavic languages, however, admit two-peak syllables.

Sonority is a poorly defined (Ohala 1992) and complex feature. It should be understood as the au…

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Sawicka, Irena, “Syllable Structure”, in: Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics Online, Editor-in-Chief University of Kansas General Editor University of Chicago Associate Editors University of Kansas Brown University University of Amsterdam University of Warsaw University of Zagreb University of Mainz Stockholm University Marc L. Greenberg, Lenore A. Grenoble, Stephen M. Dickey, Masako Ueda Fidler, René Genis, Marek Łaziński, Anita Peti-Stantić, Björn Wiemer, Nadežda V. Zorixina-Nilsson. Consulted online on 03 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-6229_ESLO_COM_033703>
First published online: 2020



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