syllabication

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n syllabication forming or dividing words into syllables
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Syllabication The act of forming syllables; the act or method of dividing words into syllables. See Guide to Pron., §275.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n syllabication The formation of syllables; especially, the division of a word into its constituent syllabic parts in writing and printing. The division of a word of more than one syllable into separate syllables is in great measure an artificial process, since a consonant intervening between two vowels is usually (see nnder syllable) to be reckoned as belonging to either one of them not less properly than to the other. This is especially true of the continuable consonants, the semivowels and the fricatives (thus, follow, arrow, ever, lesser, ashes, etc.); a mute, particularly a surd mute (p, t, k), has more claim to go with the following vowel, because a mute is much more distinctly audible upon a following than after a preceding vowel (in tea than in ate). We tend also to reckon such a consonant to the vowel of whose force and pitch it seems most to partake; and, along vowel being regularly a diminuendo utterance, the strength of impulse falling off before it is ended, a following consonant seems naturally to belong to the vowel that succeeds (so dai-ly, ei-ther, ea-sy, etc.); on the other hand, a consonant of any kind after a short accented vowel so shares the latter's mode of utterance as to be naturally and properly combined with it: thus, bit-er (bitter), tak-l (tackle), hon-est, etc. When two or more actually pronounced consonants come between vowels, it makes a difference whether they are or are not such as readily in our practice combine as initials before a vowel: thus, as we say ply, we divide supply into su-plī, not sup-lī; but subject only into sub-jekt. As for syllabication in printing (when a word has to be broken at the end of a line), that is a different and more difficult matter, partly because many silent consonants (especially in the case of doubled consonants) have to be dealt with; it also pays much regard to the history of a word, dividing this generally, so far as possible, into the parts of which it is etymologically composed; and it has some arbitrary and indefensible usages, such as the invariable separation of -ing, by which we get such offenses against true pronunciation as rag-ing, fac-ing, instead of ra-ging, fa-cing; and even mixt-ure, junct-ure, instead of mix-ture, junc-ture, owing to the notion that -ure rather than -ture is the ending.
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Usage

In literature:

As they bent over me they conversed in a mono-syllabic tongue that was perfectly intelligible to me.
"Pellucidar" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Variously repeated and grouped, these marks make up the syllabic characters.
"A History of Science, Volume 1(of 5)" by Henry Smith Williams
Mary, the nurse, while able to read fluently in the Cree syllabics, had no knowledge of English.
"Algonquin Indian Tales" by Egerton R. Young
Neither stress nor syllabic weight is a very keen psychologic factor in the dynamics of French.
"Language" by Edward Sapir
The clearly syllabized words fell upon delighted ears.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
The Grebo people seem to have no idea of syllabication.
"History of the Negro Race in America From 1619 to 1880. Vol 1" by George W. Williams
A tiny bell gives warning of this fact, and the operator finishes the word or syllabic.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 13, No. 79, May, 1864" by Various
But with us it may both begin and end the syllab; as, gang; it may, both behind and befoer, have either sound; as, get, gist, gin, giant.
"Of the Orthographie and Congruitie of the Britan Tongue" by Alexander Hume
Such syllabic signs may be used either singly, as above, or in combination, as illustrated below.
"History Of Egypt From 330 B.C. To The Present Time, Volume 12 (of 12)" by S. Rappoport
He fills the air with vocal bullets and syllabic shrapnel.
"Talks on Talking" by Grenville Kleiser
There are nearly two hundred syllabic signs, much alike and easy to confuse.
"History Of Ancient Civilization" by Charles Seignobos
Many fine odes are scattered through them, and in the octo-syllabic verse Milman always appears to us peculiarly happy.
"Historical and Political Essays" by William Edward Hartpole Lecky
They were well furnished with Testaments and hymn-books, printed in the beautiful syllabic characters; and they used them well.
"By Canoe and Dog-Train" by Egerton Ryerson Young
This was the first opportunity the boys had had of seeing the methods, by which Mr Evans's syllabic characters were taught to the Indians.
"Three Boys in the Wild North Land" by Egerton Ryerson Young
Later obtained more effective materials, and set up catechisms, hymn-books, and portions of the Bible in syllabic.
"The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History" by Various
Cambodian writing is syllabic and complicated.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 1" by Various
Others find it entertaining, and syllabize it as "Sweet Dick," or "Sleep, Baby.
"An Australian Bird Book" by John Albert Leach
Correct intonation was of far greater importance than syllabic pronunciation.
"The Eleusinian Mysteries and Rites" by Dudley Wright
As the distance decreases, the echo repeats fewer syllables till it becomes mono-syllabic.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
Thus little Coff is judged syllabic-hesitating.
"Mentally Defective Children" by Alfred Binet
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In news:

Like the late Marianne Moore before him, this poet turns to syllabics to provide order to his lines and to offer the backbone of form to a collection observant of less stiff things, like the fluidity of nature, aging, and light.
Some of those multi-syllabic, scary-sounding ingredients are harmful.
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In science:

The set S can be interpreted as a “syllabic alphabet”, in the sense that a word w of length N over the alphabet S is simultaneously a word of length ℓN over the alphabet [k ].
Random words, quantum statistics, central limits, random matrices
In the Prosodic Morphology Hypothesis, mora is the unit of syllabic weight; a monomoraic syllable, σµ , is light (L), and a bimoraic syllable, σµµ , is heavy (H).
Computing Prosodic Morphology
Abstract. In the paper, we analyze the distribution of complexities in the Vai script, an indigenous syllabic writing system from Liberia. It is found that the uniformity hypothesis for complexities fails for this script.
Distribution of complexities in the Vai script
Note that the status of [ũ] is unclear: it is represented by a single syllabic sign hũ, probably an obsolete one (Priest 2004) and not included in the vowels list by modern authors (Welmers 1976, Ofri-Scheps 1991).
Distribution of complexities in the Vai script
Table 1 contains the list of the Vai syllabic signs based mainly on the Dukor typeface (courtesy of Evertype). This font reflects the style given in Tucker (1999). Recently, the Vai script became a part of the Unicode standard, version 5.1.
Distribution of complexities in the Vai script
Vai script is the first case where the uniform distribution does not yield a good fit. Here, it is necessary to note the peculiarity of syllabic scripts in comparisons with alphabets.
Distribution of complexities in the Vai script
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