--- 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.
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