I've learnt that the number of peaks of sonority in a sonority curve determines the number of syllables in a word.
The number of syllables depend on the pronunciation. It may also be true for other languages, but consider English.
For example, if the word 'metal' is pronounced [metl̩], it's sonority curve would be:
In the second syllable, the peak is formed by a syllabic L, because syllabic consonants can form a syllable on their own.
But what if we have a vowel right after a syllabic consonant?
For example, if the word 'battling' is pronounced with three syllables: [bæ.tl̩.ɪŋ], how do I make a sonority curve for it?
I've made a curve for this but there are only two peaks in that curve and I don't know how else to make three peaks.
The red ones are the regular peaks but I need another peak at the blue dot.
Another example would be 'parent'. If I pronounce it [pɛːɹn̩t], there are two syllables in it. How do I make a sonority curve for it? I've made a curve, but it only has one peak:
Should it be like this:
We have a syllabic consonant right after a vowel.
How do I make sonority curves for these words?