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- Every syllable in Mirad contains one and only one vowel. A y when final or followed by a consonant is used to post-y-glide or diphthongize the previous vowel and is therefore considered part of the syllable in which that vowel is the nucleus (see case 2, below). Similarly, the liquids r and l, when final or followed by a consonant are considered to be a part of the syllable where the preceding vowel is the nucleus (see case 4, below). Two vowels in a row form two syllabic nuclei (see cases 3, 6, and 7, below). How syllables are divided is important for determining where the stress accent goes in a word (see Mirad_Grammar/Stress, below).
Syllabification CASE EXAMPLE SYLLABIFIED 1 ama.....hot a-ma 2 ayma.....warm ay-ma 3 aymsea.....warming up aym-se-a 4 pixwa....caught pix-wa 5 upayo....will have come u-pa-yo 6 vyaa....true vya-a 7 vyaay....truly vya-ay 8 vay....indeed vay 9 tambwa....settled tam-bwa