Questions tagged [syllables]

A unit of pronunciation having one vowel (or vowel-equivalent) sound, with or without surrounding consonants, forming the whole or a part of a word.

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counting syllables of Ambatofinandrahana [closed]

How many syllables are there in the name "Ambatofinandrahana" ?
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Inquiries Concerning Context Clues, Syllables, and the Use of the Dictionary [closed]

The following are consists of three questions with the possible choices for each along with my reasoning for each question. I ask of you to provide me assistance in guiding me towards the answer for ...
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How do you divide the syllables of plurals whose singular ends in “-e”?

How do you divide the syllables of plurals whose singular ends in "-e"? For example, is "fences" "fen-ces" or "fenc-es"? Is "appliances" "ap-pli-an-ces" or "ap-pli-anc-es"? The context is not ...
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English minimal pair words by syllabification [closed]

Are there English minimal pairs created by different syllabification, specifically of lexical words?
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Should “ohmmeter” be stressed on the first or second syllables, or both?

Question: Which syllable or syllables are stressed in the word ohmmeter? Context: I tried to say the word ohmmeter out loud today and realized I am unsure of the correct pronunciation. The double m ...
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I can't find a single word that starts with the “Sa” sound in “saga”

I've read every word starting with "SA" in my dictionary out loud. It's driving me crazy thinking there is only a single English word starting with what appears to be such a common syllable. Is it ...
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Name for words that have 3 or more syllables?

A word with one syllable is "monosyllabic". Two syllables is "disyllabic", three is "trisyllabic", and so on. "Polysyllabic" refers to any word with more than one syllable. Is there any single term ...
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Open and closed final syllables in multisyllabic words

Can a 2-syllable word have two open syllables? Essentially, can the final syllable of a 2+ syllable word be open? I know that an open syllable is one where it ends with a long vowel sound and does ...
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Where can I make a line break in “predesign”? [closed]

At which point can I make a line break in predesign?
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Syllable count of environmental

I seems to me the sound at the end is /tl/ or as far as I and most people I know pronounce it. This applies for most other -tal ending words. I know it could be /təl/ but the vowel is not present at ...
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Is there a strong correlation between speech rate and beat rate in English

Can speech rate in English be reliably measured through the beat rate? Beat rate analysis is now pretty standard, and a plethora of algorithms can reliably measure beat rate — typically in beats per ...
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5 Letters and 5 Syllables [closed]

I remember reading about a word which had 5 letters and 5 syllables. As far as I remember it was ‘Chasm’, or something similar, and I remember WolframAlpha saying '5 syllables, no hyphenation'. Was ...
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number of syllables in GIRL

I (US Mid-West) definitely pronounce this as having two syllables, with a schwa between the R and the L. In fact, I find it difficult to make a consonant cluster of RL. This is contradicted but ...
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Do syllables only contain one vowel? Also Some questions on word stress

For this word: ○ recommend ○/ˌrekəˈmend/ 1) /rekə/ is the first syllable. Does it contain two vowels? ■ e is a vowel ■ ə is a vowel I thought syllables can only contain one vowel? 2) the [ ']...
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Pronunciation and syllables of pre-Modern English “belewe”?

I know the word "belewe" from traditional astronomy as a precursor to the phrase "blue moon", also known as the "betrayer" thirteenth moon in one of every three years that would disrupt a lunar ...
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What is the phonetic term for consecutive sounded vowels?

I am interested for the term used when instances of two consecutive vowels sounds are in different syllables, such as: thrOUGHOUt, abbrevIAtion, immedIAte, barrIER, cOExist, promiscUIty, crEAte, ...
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How many syllables are there for “laboratory”

When I try Google, it says 5 syllables (and so do most top result websites): lab·o·ra·to·ry (the dots do not matter, it explicitly states that there are 5 syllables). However, the pronunciation as ...
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Why does the “-ed” suffix give “wanted” a second syllable, when “based” or “looked” only have one?

Why is it that wanted has 2 syllables, but based has 1 syllable. The root of these words, want and base, are both monosyllablic. And both of these past tense forms end with the same -ed suffix: ...
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How many syllables in the -ism suffix?

How do you commonly syllabicate words that end with -ism? When I pronounce -ism, it sounds like two syllables, (feudalism sounds like 4 syllables, racism sounds like 3 syllables), but in general, a ...
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unstressed syllable in the middle of the word = always schwa sound?

I've noticed a pattern about pronunciation of words in American English - an unstressed syllable in the middle of the word tends to have a schwa sound regardless of the actual written letter. examples:...
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What is the logic behind finding out the primary stress on syllable in the given word?

For example, the word co·a·li·tion has its primary stress on the third syllable. Therefore, on which syllable does the word el·e·phant have its primary stress?
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Is it possible for a word to have multiple different syllable counts? If so what is an example?

to further clarify, for example is it possible to have one word that has one pronunciation that is 2 syllables and at the same time the exact same word has another pronunciation that is 3 syllables
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Is “ache” an open syllable?

http://www.sightwordsgame.com/spelling/words/open-syllable/ This website says that -An open syllable occurs when a vowel is at the end of the syllable but they include the word ache in their list ...
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How to calculate number of syllables in a word using only the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) spelling?

I want to write an algorithm to calculate the number of syllables in a word. This process is an automated one that will be run on an entire dictionary so manually counting the number of breaths, chin ...
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“Cursed” as two syllables in poetry [duplicate]

While the normal pronunciation of "cursed" is in one syllable, I have seen it used as a two-syllable word, "curs-ed". The Cambridge dictionary lists this pronunciation as an alternative in UK only: ...
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Can “those” be a two-syllable word?

For the purpose of poetry, can one use "those" as a two-syllable word (tho-uhz)? Or is it always one syllable, as in normal usage? Minimal (contrived) example of the possible, or impossible, use: ...
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Influence of inflections on Phonics Rules and Syllables Types

I'm doing a small research on English phonics rules and I'm trying to clarify the influence of inflections in word forms. It's best to explain my problem with some examples. The letter 'a' in the ...
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Why are the words “disposable” and “disable” syllabified differently?

Is there a rule or some reasonable explanation for why in the word “disposable” the /s/ in the prefix “dis-” belongs to the second syllable, but in the word “disable” the same prefix is intact? Here ...
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Is the way of syllafibication certain? [duplicate]

How to syllabify may be certain in many words. But some words have several ways, I think. For example, "extra" can be divided into "ek" + "stra" and "eks" + "tra". Does this mean that people ...
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What is the name of a verse consisting of 7 syllables?

What is the name of a verse consisting of 7 syllables? I thought it was caled a heptameter, but that seems to be something different. Example: I like chocolate cake with pears.
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When sound is reduced, does how to identify syllables change?

I would like to ask how many syllables are counted in natives' minds in an occasion where reduction happens. When "and" is reduced into 'n', its syllable nucleus is lost, and, for example in this ...
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Can R sound follow schwa in a syllable?

let me ask a question of an usage of schwa as a phoneme and [r]. Schwa can be regarded as an independent phoneme, apart from weak forms of other vowels, I heard. And here, I treat this idea as true. ...
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How many syllables are in the English language?

I looked it up and most forums link to http://semarch.linguistics.fas.nyu.edu/barker/Syllables/index.txt, an NYU site that no longer works. I would like to know how many unique syllables are used in ...
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How many syllables in “every”?

I've come across answers that say something along the lines of, "Well I've only heard people pronounce it ev'ry." Yeah, well if people started mass-jumping off of buildings, that doesn't mean I'd do ...
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Why does the words pub, button, public all pronounced with an “ah” instead of “oo”?

Why does the words pub, button, public all pronounced with an "ah" instead of "oo"? Since there's a "u" there it looks like it can be read pooblic, bootton (or even byutton), poob but it's pronounced ...
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Are -èd adjectives still usèd words?

The distinction between the words blessèd (/ˈblɛsəd/) and blessed (/blɛst/) (see Grammarbook) appears to be wearing thin in modern language, possibly due to reduced accent usage and its resultant lack ...
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Why is the word “mimic” divided into syllables as mim-ic and not mi-mic [closed]

I would like to know why, when dividing the word mimic into its syllables, is it divided as "mim" and "ic" and not "mi" and "mic". Is there any rule to this?
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Which syllable is stressed in 'meeker'?

Which syllable is stressed in 'meeker'? I have looked in the dictionary, and just found the transcription of 'meek'.
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Words comprising the 322 most frequent syllables? [closed]

There is a list of 322 most common syllables which when used can make up the 5000 most frequent words in the english language. http://www.fldoe.org/core/fileparse.php/7539/urlt/manual.pdf (Page 34-36) ...
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How to “hyphenate” the word “standardize”?

I don't really know if the term "hyphenate" is the correct here, I use it because of my LaTeX usage. What I mean (and if there is a word for this, please let me know) is: how to break "standardize" ...
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How many syllables does “orange” have, and what regional dialects show a difference in that number?

It seems whenever orange is spoken, it is spoken as one syllable. But it appears to be two. The Merriam-Webster online dictionary transcribes the pronunciation of orange as follows: \ˈär-inj, ˈär(-...
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What's the longest word that has survived from Old English?

I recently saw this question Did the "We shall fight on the beaches" speech mainly use words from Old English? If so, why? about Winston Churchill's famous "Fight them on the beaches" speech ...
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Polysyllabic Words

Can you list a few polysyllabic words that only have one vowel (not including y, since it is viewed as a vowel in some words)?
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Are you googlable?

The search engine Google was launched in 1998 and on that same year, the term googling was first used. The verb “to google” earned its official status in the Oxford English Dictionary on June 15, ...
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Half-Syllables in English?

Has any authority recognized what we could call "half-syllables"? I.e., "Air" being pronounced /ay-r or /eh-r; not quite two whole syllables, but more than one. Or "I" pronounced /ah-e {except in the ...
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syllables and pronunciation

The word exercise has 3 syllables and divided as ex-er-cise. In teaching pronunciation can I divide it as ek-ser-cise since the letter x is the sound of ks together? It seems to make more sense.
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How many monosyllabic words does English have? (estimations are fine)

I'm writing a post about word length in various languages in the world. It seems that English have (relatively) a lot of one-syllable words. Is there a count or an estimate of how many one-syllable ...
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Same words with different syllabification

I am Italian and I need to split English words into syllables for suprasegmental phonetic analysis. I'm noticing that the Longman Online Dictionary http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/ gives ...
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What is the term that means to add an extra syllable to a word?

This situation is most noticeable when a singer adds a syllable to a word like "Fuh-ree" instead of "free" or "Buh-rave" instead of "brave". It's not Melisma, which is intentional by the writer.
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Is the word “flower” a disyllabic word? [duplicate]

At the end of the word flower we have triphthong. So should it be considered a monosyllabic word?