chapter  6
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Above the segment

In the preceding chapters, we have in the main concentrated on the description and classification of individual speech sounds, or segments, with some discussion of how such segments interact with one another in terms of distribution and assimilation. In Section 2.3 we briefly introduced the notion of the syllable, a phonological unit larger than, and composed of, individual segments. In this chapter we will look in more detail at the nature of the syllable and other suprasegmental structures, and consider some of the phenomena that are relevant to them, such as stress and intonation.