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How to split IPA spelling into syllables

This is, in fact, possible! It's not trivial, but it is straightforward. Your goal seems to be to break an English word (written in phonemic IPA) into syllables. There's a bit of controversy about ...
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How languages compare with the number of different syllables from all words?

Yoon Mi Oh's 2015 thesis (pages 44-45) provides estimates of the number of syllables for various languages, gathered by taking the 20,000 most frequent words in a corpus of each language and counting ...
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Can we conclude that morpheme is ALWAYS greater than syllable?

In English, one counterexample is the very common '-ed’ (often /d/) ending: ‘filled’ is 1 syllable, and the morphemes are ‘fill’ + ‘-ed’ (/d/).
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Can languages restrict their number of distinct syllables when written by syllabaries?

No. The use of a ‘characters writing system’ (I take it you mean something not simply alphabetic) does not restrict the number of distinct syllables. Even if you look at Yoon Mi Oh's list there's no ...
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Are there any purely monosyllabic languages in use today?

The official Chinese language isn't "supposed to" be monosyllabic, at all. That's a misconception. Chinese languages are polysyllabic and that's it, including the putonghua standard (the pīnyīn ...
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liquids and nasals as syllable nuclei!

First off, phonetics is not about features, though often in introductory classes if you don't have separate courses on phonetics and phonology, phonetics gets lumped together with phonology. Second, ...
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Are there any languages that only allow CV syllables?

Good question! I wasn't able to find any unambiguous examples either with a short search, and I found one source that says there are no known examples of languages with only CV syllables. ...
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The difference between a regular consonant and a syllabic consonant

One way to get a better grasp of the phonetics of syllabic consonants is to listen to a minimal pair in a language that has them, such as here. This is the pair [mbááŋgàà m̩̀bááŋgàà] (in that order) ...
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The Theory Against Syllables

The claim that there are no syllables is based on the lack of evidence that the syllable is necessary, so this is an Occam’s Razor argument. If no language presents sufficient evidence that syllables ...
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Why isn't intervocalic /ŋ/ analyzed as an onset in English?

The first reason for [sɪŋ.ɪŋ] is the premise that [ŋ] only appears in the coda. The main argument for that conclusion is the analogy between word position and syllable position. Steriade has some ...
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How do you bound a syllable / split a word into syllables programmatically?

It's also a widely-held axiom in linguistics (phonology, specifically) that segments are always syllabified, in all languages. But that is not an empirically well-supported claim. There are certainly ...
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Can a syllabic consonant exist between two vowels?

It is quite rare, but it arguably exists. Fante Akan has syllabic consonants which appear at ends pf words, preceded by a vowel. Such a word can be followed by a vowel-initial word, thus [ɔ̀pám̀ àtàŕ]...
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How languages compare with the number of different syllables from all words?

Terminologically, I think you are interested in the number of "distinct syllables" in a language. "Syllabic phoneme" means, approximately, "vowels", but also syllabic ...
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Can languages restrict their number of distinct syllables when written by syllabaries?

There is a very good reason for thinking that this is coincidence. The reason is that a language has the same number of syllables whether it is written or not, and whether it is written with one form ...
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Can languages restrict their number of distinct syllables when written by syllabaries?

In some cases, I do think there's a causal link here. However, Japanese, Mandarin, Korean, and Thai have very different writing systems, so I wouldn't group them all together as "characters"....
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Are there any languages that only allow CV syllables?

Cayuvava, Hua (Yagaria), Hawaiian and Senufo are the languages most widely misbelieved in the literature to have only CV syllables. Key 1961 "Phonotactics of Cayuvava" (IJAL) clearly shows CVV and V ...
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The difference between a regular consonant and a syllabic consonant

The question of "syllabicity" comes down to syllable structure. Every known language has some sort of prosodic unit that we can call a "syllable", usually (but not always!) smaller than a whole word ...
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Is there a "maximal coda principle"?

The quoted sentence from the Wikipedia article isn't very clear, and I wouldn't be confident that the author knew what they were talking about. Syllables and syllabification rules are very ...
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How do you bound a syllable / split a word into syllables programmatically?

It's a widely-held axiom in linguistics that syllabification is never phonemic. In other words, words aren't stored in your brain pre-broken-down into syllables; that syllabification happens later ...
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Is syllabification significant in (natural) spoken languages?

It's famously been claimed that syllabification is contrastive in Blackfoot, with near-minimal pairs like i.stawáʔsiwḁ "he grew" and ɪs.tatánsiwḁ "he bragged", or ipi.ksit "...
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What is the explanatory value of moras: why do we need syllable weight?

The main fact that has to be accounted for is that many languages have phonological processes that distinguish heavy from light syllables, for example in Mongolian, stress is assigned to the first "...
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liquids and nasals as syllable nuclei!

Liquids and nasals can sometimes be syllabic as well. (In fact, in Berber, even stops can be syllabic sometimes.) The more precise IPA symbols for these syllabic consonants add a vertical dot ...
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Which types of phonemes mark syllable boundaries?

Assuming you are using the CMU dictionary then each phoneme of type "vowel" indicates that there is a syllable. It won't tell you where the break is in a sequence of consonants, but it will (quickly) ...
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The breakdown of the word "strength" or "cheap" or "sheep"

You have to start with well-grounded assumptions of what you are modeling. The most fundamental concept that you're dealing with is the segment. The claim is / has been that what we produce and hear ...
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The difference between a regular consonant and a syllabic consonant

There's a minimal pair in English: "Lightening" - to reduce weight, with a a syllabic 'n', and "Lightning" - electrical discharge. At least they are distinct when I say them.
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Is Swahili a Mora-counting language like Japanese?

In essence, Swahili stress has two rules: If the word is shaped like NC(C*)V, the first nasal is syllabic, and stressed. (For example, ḿbwa "dog", ḿtu "person".) Otherwise, the stress is on the ...
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Does the analysis of syllables via mora imply that syllable duration is quantized?

I think that you've asked a complicated question. I'll try to split my answer into several parts. First, on the topics of "duration" and quantization. A mora is a phonological unit. As with vowel ...
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How to learn computer syllabification of IPA?

It depends on the particular IPA transcription, that is, the level of detail provided. Also accuracy -- if you give it it should crash as being ill-formed (plus, it stresses the wrong syllable), ...
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Can we conclude that morpheme is ALWAYS greater than syllable?

It is perfectly possible to have three morphemes in one syllable. Consider the word sixths which is comprised of the morphemes /sɪks/, /θ/, and /s/. So we can easily prove that many syllables ...
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"split into" -- putting the stress on the right syllable

There are a number of accounts of this fact. Without trying to go back to the earliest linguistic accounts of this, the Sound Pattern of English by Chomsky & Halle has a account of stress-levels, ...
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