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Syllable Structure

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Author(s): Maher Jesry
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 sound” (Roach 1991:67). Phonologically, Laver (1994:114) defines the syllable as “a complex unit made up of nuclear and marginal elements”. The nuclear elements are the vowels or syllabic segm…
Date: 2018-04-01