--- Jalal Maleki <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

> I can put my question in a different way: does giâh
> have two
> syllables or just one?

Depends on who you ask.  It is very common for
phonologists to accept [ja], as in siah, as a
diphthong, indicating that it has one syllable.  It's
also common for others to accept the two-syllable
argument.  Personally, I weasel out of it and say 1.4
syllables :-) .  The word <piano> in English is
another good example: 2 or 3 syllables?  There are
good arguments both ways.

-Jon D.

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