Are there syllable breaks in English?
You can have multiple syllables without "breaks" between them.Unless you speak every word with one syllable there are.
This makes sense to me.I'm not sure that I pronounce the central cluster differently in outrage and portrait; nor does the syllabification sound different, as if there were a pause or a glottal stop in outrage that doesn't exist in portrait.
This "merger into an affricate" does not happen in my dialect. The sequence /tɹ/ never becomes an affricate. The /t/ and the /ɹ/ do not have "the same place of articulation", which an affricate has.the merger of /tr/ or /dr/ into an affricate only happens when they're in the same syllable.
Yep, but many authoritative pronuncing dictionaries use that notation, for the sake of readability. The same is true for French and German [ʁ], often represented by simply [r]. Of course I prefer the more precise transcription.Of course English 'R' is /ɹ/ in IPA notation, not /r/. The sound represented by IPA /r/ does not exist in English.
My Webster (Merriam-Webster Könemann) uses \ˈau̇t·ˌrāj\ .webster dictionary.
So the hyphen (-) after the "t" in #1 is a mid-height point (·) in MW? But what does it represent? Is it a pause, a glottal stop, some other stop...?...My Webster (Merriam-Webster Könemann) uses \ˈau̇t·ˌrāj\ .
In some American dictionaries, there are dots between the syllables for the purpose of breaking lines in fully justified text. For typing:So the hyphen (-) after the "t" in #1 is a mid-height point (·) in MW? But what does it represent? Is it a pause, a glottal stop, some other stop...?
The point has nothing to do with music per se, but due to the fact that we know that "out" and "rage" are meaningful units within the word. Dividing it into "ow" and "trage" will just make the listeners wonder what a trage is and why the singer's trage hurts.(In sung English there are, no doubt -- see #20. I'm not musical and won't comment further.)
I agree. the merger ETB talks about is rather... elusive and, I suppose, depends on speed.I'm not sure that I pronounce the central cluster differently in outrage and portrait; nor does the syllabification sound different, as if there were a pause or a glottal stop in outrage that doesn't exist in portrait.
I don't see it that way. I don't think the stress is different. In normal speech, I stress /naɪt/ in both nitrate and night rate and I don't make an obvious break between the syllables. The pronunciation difference, for me, is what happens to the middle /t/. In night rate, my brain knows that the /t/ is the end of a syllable, so I use something approaching a glottal stop. In nitrate, I'm aware that the /t/ is the beginning of the second syllable, so I merge it with the 'r'. I agree with ETB about this.When I see nitrate and night rate, the difference is one of stress - the central cluster is only affected if I deliberately separate the two words of night and rate.
It is the same for me, in my NewEnglandish dialect.For me, portrait has a 'T' and outrage has a glottal stop.
Which one uses a glottal stop?It's same as the difference between nitrate and night rate.
I use a glottal stop - or something close to one - at the end of night when I say night rate. The syllable break comes after night.Which one uses a glottal stop?
Whenever I say "nitrate", I emphasize the "TRA" part. I clearly say "nigh-trait".
I don't know why. Perhaps some traumatic accident in Chemistry 101...?