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Syllable Structure: Modern Hebrew
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The syllable plays a central role in phonological theory as an organizing principle for grouping segments into sequences (see, e.g., Haugen 1956; Fudge 1969; Selkirk 1982), and psycholinguists have recognized it as the fundamental building block of speech, both in production and perception (see, e.g., Selinker 1992:10; Ben-Dror et al. 1995; Share and Blum 2001; Siok et al. 2003).

The basic elements of a syllable are consonants (C) and vowels (V), arranged in a sequence of onset (the initial segment), nucleus (the central segment), and coda (the closing segment). The nucleus (V o…

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Cohen-Gross, Dalia, “Syllable Structure: Modern Hebrew”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 29 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000197>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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