hello could someone give an example to coda consonant in german language referring to WALS Chapter 16 : here is what I did but it might be wrong : Value: Coda consonant. A coda is a post-vocalic consonant. In particular absence of a long vowel, coda consonants are used to add weight to a syllable.

Example: In German words like ‘Tor’ [tʰoːɐ̯] ('gate') or in ‘Würde’ [ˈvʏɐ̯də], the consonant /r/ sound takes up vowel form /ɐ̯/. So here, the /r/ sound is behaving like a coda consonant.

what do you think let me know your opinions! either correct what I did or come up with something new please!!! thanks!

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    By your definition, t in spricht is not in the coda (ch is not "vocalic") and b in Abend is. Both consequences are wrong.
    – user6726
    Jan 12 '17 at 20:05
  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it belongs on German LU
    – Mitch
    Jan 19 '17 at 17:04

A coda consonant is just a consonant at the end of a syllable, not more and not less. So the English word "less" has a coda consonant /s/.

The special development of syllable-final r in modern German has nothing to do with the definition of a coda consonant (and one might argue that the syllable does not end in a consonant at all in this case, but in a kind of diphthong).

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