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Consonant-vowel-consonant, the type of nonsense syllable most often used in research into memory, typical examples being WUD and KEB, the initials C and V standing for phonetic consonants and vowels—speech sounds rather than letters—so that strictly speaking DAX is not CVC but CVCC, because the X represents two phonemes /ks/. The various types of syllable that can exist within a language are denoted analogously; thus in English it is possible to have clusters of up to three consonants at the beginning of a syllable (as in splash, which is CCCVC) and up to four at the end of a syllable (as in sixths, which is CVCCCC). See also CVC trigram.

Subjects: Psychology.

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