Sunday, 19 February 2012


The sound 'dscr' is almost impossible to say as a single syllable. Yet (for instance, in the middle of the word 'widescreen') it has the quantity of one syllable -- doesn't it? I'm missing something.


Matt said...
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MJStarling said...

Widescreen is a two syllable word. I would demarcate the syllables at the compound junction: syllable 1 = "wide", syllable 2 = "screen". In which case the "dscr" sound is the end of one syllable and the beginning of the next - two half-syllables, as distinct from one whole one? Which raises the question of whether you can subdivide a syllable, supposedly a single discrete unit.