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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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Trisyllabic word lists were repeated 100% without masking and at every masking severity level in all participants.
FSWs for the target sound /k/ are all disyllabic or trisyllabic, and in all cases except for "tucano" (toucan), "escuro" (dark) and "buque" (bouquet), present the target sound in a post-stress syllable, as suggested by a previous study [8].
Indeed, the trisyllabic shape of the pK form suggests that it is either a loan or a compound, since Koreans roots are either mono- or disyllabic.
Feminine and even compound trisyllabic rhymes are possible in English, but they are less common, and a regular alternation between feminine and masculine (as in Byron's "Fare Thee Well") is uncommon, and in translations (e.
However, there was no significant difference between the perception of disyllabic words and trisyllabic words or between the perception of trisyllabic words and quadrisyllabic words.
In the extract above, the murdered child's family name, Cassamba, is linked through assonance to 'Labamba' and 'bambino,' evoking a Latino influence, but these words are also linked to the third line, 'bloedsproetsel geschpritztes' through the dominant cretic trisyllabic stress pattern--a relatively rare form of meter.
Both cola of the trisyllabic formula "I like / Ike" rhyme with each other, and the second of the two rhyming words is fully included in the first one (echo rhyme) .
This means that a word which is underlyingly trisyllabic (three syllables) is realized as a disyllabic word on the surface representation.
We also analyze the possible role of syllabic units in a silent reading task involving disyllabic and trisyllabic words.
In the Divina commedia for instance, Dante employs the name Beatrice as a trisyllabic word 42 times, and as a quadrisyllabic word 20 times, as befits the poetic meter at each occurrence.
We present analyses of the monomorphemic words in the CELEX lexical database, which showed that penultimate primary stress is less frequent in Dutch and English trisyllabic than quadrisyllabic words.
In the line 'All the completion I of my infructuous | impulses' (II, 53), for example, each noun is trisyllabic, and the first two are self-standing amphibrachs (trisyllabic feet with a stress in the middle syllable), whereas the last foot is dactylic.