syllabicity


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syllabicity

(ˌsɪləˈbɪsɪtɪ)
n
(Linguistics) the characteristic of being syllabic
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Noun1.syllabicity - the pattern of syllable formation in a particular language
language system - a system of linguistic units or elements used in a particular language
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The syllabicity mark below the /l/ in Cambridge/Jones and Kenyon & Knott indicates a syllabic consonant, and there is no indication of an optional syllabic [[??]] in its stead.
CV phonology relies on the principle that syllabicity is represented on a separate tier from melodic one.
Furthermore the rules differ with respect to the syllabicity of the preverb.
However, all Kiswahili vowels with the exception of /u & i/ form syllabicity with /w & y/.
When the two vowels are of different heights, the high vowel loses its syllabicity; when the two vowels are identical, they coalesce into one vowel.
Toft's (2002) proposal, however, does not seem to provide a good means of representing a number of syllabic [l]s that alternate with [el] and are never subject to syllabicity loss, such as the [l] in Italy [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (but *[TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) or satellite [TEXT NOR REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (*[TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]).