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  1. Juli Cebrian

Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal1134

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

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Cebrian, J. 2012. Syllables. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

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  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012


A unit of phonology intermediate in scope between the segment and the word, the syllable is a familiar concept among linguists and nonlinguists, and a useful unit of analysis in the description of sound systems and phonological phenomena, even if its relevance beyond its descriptive role is sometimes questioned.


  • phonetics;
  • phonology;
  • theoretical linguistics