Syllable Rhyme


A rhyme is a term used to describe the unit of a syllable which contains both the nucleus and the coda. The nucleus of the syllable is the most sonorous part of a syllable and is obligatory in all languages.

A coda refers to the consonant or sequence of consonants which proceeds the nucleus and are relatively less sonorous than the nucleus. Codas are not mandatory in all languages (Zsiga, p. 336, 2013).



This example demonstrates syllables which do not contain a coda and that do contain a coda. The first syllable does not contain a coda and is characterized by only the onset and the nucleus (/sə/) being parsed into a single syllable. Following, there is a second syllable which does contain a coda ([q]) and it can be seen that all three segments are parsed into the second syllable (Dyck, p. 138, 2004).