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The short answer is that counting moras is not simply a matter of counting short and long vowels. Understanding moras, actually begins with counting the types of "acceptable" syllables rather than the actual phonetic length of any given syllable. This is apparently what gives speakers of a language its base sense of rhythm, which can then be ...


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I'm not aware of any evidence that "long diphthongs" like ῃ were prosodically different from "short diphthongs" or from long vowels. (BTW the "long diphthong" category includes not only iota-subscript diphthongs but a few rarer ones ending in υ: ᾱυ ωυ ηυ.) Metrically, long diphthongs scan exactly the same as short diphthongs or ...


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