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    HifaMo is offline Junior Member
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    syllabic consonant in 'hence'

    Hence /hens/: no syllabic consonant
    Button /ˈbʌtn/: syllabic consonant

    Could you please explain why the /s/ in /hens/ is not a syllabic consonant even though there is a consonant before it?

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    Re: syllabic consonant in 'hence'

    What's your understanding of a syllabic consonant and do you think it is the same as a consonant?

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    Re: syllabic consonant in 'hence'

    A syllable is marked, among other things, by a burst of air. In /ˈbʌtn/ the second burst of air is from the nose. In /hens/ there is only one.

    I have heard the speakers of some languages, who have trouble with terminal consonant clusters, pronounce - for example - 'against' /ǝ'genǝst/. Perhaps the OP mispronounces 'hence'...? That might explain their confusion.

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