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What is a syllabic consonant?

 

Definition
 

A syllabic consonant is a phonetic element that normally patterns as a consonant, but may fill a vowel slot in a syllable.

Examples
 
  • The final nasals in /pattern/
  • The final nasals in /bottom/

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