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A syllable is a sequence of speech sounds (formed from vowels and consonants) organized into a single unit. Syllables act as the building blocks of a spoken word, determining the pace and rhythm of how the word is pronounced.
The three structural elements of a syllable are the nucleus, the onset, and the coda.
Syllables can be structured several ways, but they always contain a nucleus, which is (usually) formed from a vowel sound. The nucleus is the core of the syllable, indicating its individual “beat” within a word; the number of syllables in a word will be determined by the number of vowel sounds forming their nuclei.
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the minimal articulated unit of speech, consisting of one or several sounds that form a compact phonetic entity and that occur during one chest pulse. Proponents of various theories concerning the syllable believe that a syllable is produced by one muscular contraction, by modulation (narrowing and widening) of the pharynx, or by the degree of sonority and the order in which sounds are uttered.

A syllable is composed of a beginning (onset), a peak (nucleus), and a final part (coda). A peak is formed by simple vowels (ma-ma), by sonorants in some languages (Czech prst, “finger”), and occasionally by obstruents (psst!). A syllable’s beginning and end are formed by one or more consonants; in some languages a syllable may consist only of a peak (o-ni, “they”). Syllables are closed when they end in a consonant and open when they end in a vowel. They are uncovered when they begin with a vowel and covered when they begin with a consonant. The commonest syllable structure, found in all languages of the world, is consonant followed by vowel.

Division into syllables often does not correspond to division into morphemes. In the word ruchka (“handle”), morphemes for example, there are two syllables (ru-chka) but three morphemes (ruch-k-a). In syllabic languages, such as Chinese, morphemes are generally monosyllabic and syllable and morpheme boundaries coincide. In such languages, the beginning of a syllable is contrasted to its end, which is limited to certain permissible sounds.


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In contrast with earlier Jacobean playwrights, Ford did not seem to expect a fast tempo of actors' declamation, particularly in his later plays: he, as a rule, avoided packing two or more unstressed syllables on the same weak metrical position; he seems to have demanded the articulation of all syllables of polysyllabic words without contractions or elisions.
Long polysyllabic words are often comprised of what one might call "morpheme clusters," requiring recognition.
For example, when this student attempts to write complex polysyllabic words, such as pollenating and environment, a breakdown in phonological processing is evident.
I've got a big, wide monogamous streak, and I tend to be monogamous with men, but I am very attracted to women as well, and so "opportunistically sexually omnivorous" is a very polysyllabic way to say I'm lazy, and if it tastes good I'll eat it.
It shows that polysyllabic rhymes are often comical in effect, that alliteration is a form of rhyme, and that poets can 'rhyme in the middle' (i.
You think, surely the point of merging the three NHS trusts into one, albeit with an incredibly long, polysyllabic name, was to be streamlined and efficient.
One sample may contain thousands of compounds, most with tortuous polysyllabic names.
Here, the heavy, polysyllabic, abstract, Latinate "mortified," which could easily be too vague and non-visual to work, particularly at the end of the poem, in fact creates a thrilling and rich ending, because its tones of religious torture, though not explicitly manifest, still ring clear, and their conflation with the act of music-making is rich as a metaphor for the idea of writing as an act of devotion.
From brush to flush, we're surrounded by polysyllabic curiosities best left outside our bodies.
The square root of the number of polysyllabic words is then estimated by taking the square root of the nearest perfect square to the total.