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    Default segmentation of syllables

    Dear teachers,

    Is there a rule which explains how one should segment syllables?

    For example I thought that "lateral, easily, reliability, laboratory" were divided this way :
    la/te/ral
    ea/si/ly
    re/li/a/bi/li/ty
    la/bo/ra/to/ry


    but they seem to be segmented this way, why?
    lat/er/al
    eas/i/ly
    re/li/a/bil/i/ty
    lab/o/ra/to/ry


    Have you got other tricky exemples, please?

    How would you devide the follwing:
    "a ttri bu te" or "at tri bu te" ? "a ffect" oru "af fect" ?
    "a pplause" or "ap plause" ? "a ppeal" or "ap peal" ? etc.

    Thank you very much for your help.
    Hela

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    Default Re: segmentation of syllables

    Pronunication and stress plus morphology (how a word is put together, its root, its suffixes and prefixes, historical and otherwise) determine its syllabification. Spelling isn't a factor:

    attribute (<e> is silent)
    => a-tri-bute

    affect
    => a-ffect

    applause
    => a-pplause

    appeal
    => a-ppeal

    When in doubt, look the word up in a dictionary; but be careful: syllablication will differ according to dialect. Take, for example, the word laboratory:
    lab-ruh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee,
    lab-er-uh-;
    Brit. luh-bor-uh-tuh-ree, -uh-tree
    laboratory - Definitions from Dictionary.com
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    ReadingWord Division and Syllabification in English

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    Default Re: segmentation of syllables

    Sorry, my mistake. "Attribute" has only 3 syllables.

    Unfortunately I couldn't have access to Word Division and Syllabification in English

    All the best,
    Hela

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