In linguistics, syllable weight is the concept that syllables pattern together according to the number and/or duration of segments in the rime. In classical poetry, both Greek and Latin, distinctions of syllable weight were fundamental to the meter of the line.
... of the above rules of heavy and light syllables The Greek letters ζ, ξ, ψ (zeta, xi, and psi) and their Roman equivalents Z and X (and PS) were pronounced as two consonants ... For example, the first syllable of gaza is heavy, despite the short vowel followed only by one written consonant, because the Z was pronounced as two ... For example, the first syllable of patris is generally light, even though it has a short vowel followed by two consonants, because the consonants cohere (and the word is syllabified pa-tr ...
... Addition of inflectional prefixes or suffixes can change the syllable weight assignment of a word ... be exempt from Syncope because it is in a metrically Strong syllable in one form of a word, but may be eligible for Syncope because the addition of a prefix or suffix changes the syllable weight ... as Ojibwa makizin ('shoe') (in non-syncopating dialects) the first two syllables are Weak and Strong, respectively (by rule 3 above), while the final syllable is Strong (by rule 2) ...
... Syllable weight plays a significant role in Munsee phonology, determining stress placement and the deletion of certain short vowels ... All syllables containing long vowels are strong ... Any short vowel in a closed syllable (i.e ...
... Ojibwe syllables are organized into metrical Feet ... A Foot consists of a minimum of one syllable, and a maximum of two syllables ... Syllables are either Weak or Strong ...
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“The weight of its body
by its own wings,
sips at the bud
of the night-blooming jasmine,
greedy for its juice.”
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—Henry David Thoreau (18171862)