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Two or more segments are tautosyllabic (with each other) if they occur in the same syllable. For instance, the English word "cat", /kæt/, is monosyllabic and so its three phonemes /k/, /æ/ and /t/ are tautosyllabic. They can also be described as sharing a 'tautosyllabic distribution'.

Phonemes that are not tautosyllabic are heterosyllabic. For example, in the English word "mustard" /ˈmʌstərd/, /m/ and /t/ are heterosyllabic since they are members of different syllables.

See also

  • Ambisyllabicity, sounds that are arguably shared between two syllables (such as 'rr' in British English "hurry")


  • Sihler, Andrew L (2000). Language History. Current Issues in Linguistic Theory. Vol. 191. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing. p. 277. ISBN 90-272-3698-4.
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