Using the formal syllable identification rules, you have the following (with an example pronunciation):
MacDonald => Mac + Don + ald (`/məkdˈɒnl̩d/`) McDonald => McDon + ald (`/məkdˈɒnl̩d/`) Kvitova => Kvit + o + va (`/kəvˈɪtəvə/`)
Here, the number of vowel sounds (syllabic or not) in the last two examples does not match the syllable split. A (
/ə/) has been inserted between two of the consonants.
Does this pronunciation pattern change the syllabification rules to align with the number of spoken vowel/syllabic consonant sounds, or is it more a pattern of speech to smooth over adjacent consonants that do not flow easily together (e.g. the
kv pair in
Mc, should this be considered a prefix like
de and others are, and be considered a syllable on its own -- that is, should it follow the syllable pattern of
Mc should be considered a syllable, is the
c the nucleus? If so, does that make the
/k/ phoneme syllabic?