What does a syllable mean?
How can it be defined?
A syllable could be described as a 'sound unit' of speech.
Words are units of speech. They can be broken down into smaller units of sounds, normally involving a vowel sound. It's not possible for any of those smaller sounds to be broken down any further.
For example, the word "syllable" itself can be broken down into three syllables: sil-uh-bhul.
An important part of being understood when speaking is placing the emphasis on the correct syllables. Often it is this, rather than vowel sounds, which will make it difficult for a speaker to be understood. In English, the emphasis is usually placed on the first or second syllable, rather than the penultimate or last (as it is in other lanuages).
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