Mora (definition)

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The mora is a unit of structure or weight of syllables. Simple syllables with a single monophthongal vowel, and no coda are said to have one mora (as in ba). Syllables with a long vowel (as in Gaelic ) or a coda consonant (as in bean) have two.

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  • Matthews, P. H. (1997) The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.