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The mora is an abstract unit of syllable weight. Light syllables have one mora, heavy syllables two. Short vowels have one mora, long vowels and diphthongs two; codas contribute an additional mora to the weight of a syllable.

1. Introduction

Syllable weight plays an important role in phonological descriptions. It is modeled in phonological theory by way of th…

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Leo Wetzels and Ben Hermans, “Moras”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 21 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2013

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