Syllabification

Running head : SYLLABIFICATION Syllabification : The Autosegmental and Optimality Theories of Syllables Name Section University Professor Course April 15 , 2009 Syllabification : The Autosegmental and Optimality Theories of Syllables The term `syllable ‘ is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “a unit of spoken language that is next bigger than a speech sound and consists of one or more vowel sounds alone or of a syllabic consonant alone or of either with one or more consonant sounds preceding or following (2009a , p .1 . It is a word from the 14th century Middle English , from the Anglo-French word `sillabe ‘ or from the Latin word syllaba , which means to take or gather together (“Syllable ‘ 2009a ,p .1 . It is used in the sequence of speech sounds and often made up of the following (1 ) the nucleus , which is “the most sonorous element at the core of the syllable , typically a local sonority maximum (Last name year , page no (2 ) the onset , which is “one or more consonants preceding the nucleus in the syllable (Last name year , page no and (3 ) the coda , which is “one or more consonants following the nucleus in the syllable (Last name year , page no . The nucleus is usually presented by the vowels , a typical sonorant in the form of monophthong ,diphthong , or triphthong . The onset and the coda mark the margins taken usually by consonants . Sonority increases from margins to the nucleus (Last name year , page no . Syllables are usually considered as “the phonological building blocks of words [that could]…

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