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What is the tonic syllable?

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Tonic syllable is the last prominent syllable in the tone unit where the tone change begin.

Tone unit is a sequence of accented syllables, one or more of which are prominent.

Facts on Tone unit & Tonic Syllable:

# Each tone unit contain only one tonic syllable. # Each tone unit carries one change of tone.

# We mark Tone unit boundaries by placing a " rectangle " at the beginning of the Tone unit. # Tonic syllables must have a high degree of prominence. # Tonic syllables are syllables which carries a tone and also a type of stress. # Tonic syllables are also known as nucleus.

* Prominence is extra emphasis given to accented syllables by means of key, volume and duration.

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Tonic syllables are a kind of stressed syllable. They are the last prominent syllable pronounced. It is a common stress in English.

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