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Syllable - Glossary of Terms


Syllable

A syllable is a single segment of sound, typically produced with a single pulse of air from the lungs. Syllables which end in consonants are called "closed syllables"; whereas, those that end in a vowel sounds are called "open syllables".

Examples:

There are four syllables in Mississippi. ("Miss" + "iss" + "ipp" + "i").

There are two syllables in rugged.  Interestingly, there is only one syllable in shrugged.
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