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What is a suprasegmental?



A suprasegmental is a vocal effect that extends over more than one sound segment in an utterance, such as pitch, stress, or juncture pattern.


In SIL contexts, suprasegmental is often used for

  • tone
  • vowel length, and
  • features like nasalization and aspiration.

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