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What is a nuclear syllable?

 

Definition
 

A nuclear syllable is a syllable that carries maximum prominence, usually due to being stressed.

Examples
 
  • “I will give you a permit.” Stress is on the nuclear syllable per of permit.
  • “I will permit you to do it.” Stress is on the nuclear syllable mit of permit.

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