LOOKING AHEAD In every word of two or more syllables one syllable is stressed, for example, the middle syllable of remember. We describe the structure of a word with the same terms that we used for describing the parts of a syllable-onset, nucleus, and coda. Here re-is the onset syllable, -memis the nucleus, or nuclear syllable, and -ber is the coda syllable. There can be only one nuclear syllable in a word but there may be as many as three syllables in the onset or in the coda. Section 8.1 examines various word patterns in this framework and then shows a different kind of analysis, that of Metrical Phonology, which recognizes metrical feet, composed of strong and weak syllables.