How to Refer to Syllables?

How to Refer to Syllables?

Depending on the language, different methods are used to refer to a specific syllable in a word. In English, the most useful and common way is to start from the right and count the number of syllables towards the left. For example, for words of two syllables, the syllables would be referred to as the last syllable and the 2nd to the last, rather than the first and the 2nd.

SyllableTerm for syllables Linguistic term
(X X X X) X Xlast syllableultimate
(X X X X) X X2nd from the last syllablepenultimate
(X X X) X X X3rd from the last syllableante-penultimate
(X X) X X X X4th from the last syllablepreantepenultimate
(X) X X X X X5Th from the last syllablequintultimate
 X X X X X X6th from the last syllablesexultimate

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