Syllable and Syllable Structure (continued)


The syllables we have looked at so far are fairly simple ones.

We have not, for example, represented the difference between short and long vowels.

Such distinctions are represented by attaching the segments of the syllable into timing slots referred to as the skeletal tier.

In order to do this, the nucleus is branched and short vowels are represented on a single tier while long vowels (including diphthongs in English) are represented as occupying two tiers.

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