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What are the syllabification rules for High Valyrian?

I was breaking down the Phrases 1 lesson on how to figure out which syllable to stress in High Valyrian. In the examples, it has the word "Rytsas" which it syllabifies as "ry-tsas". Why? I know it's a moot point with this example, but since one of the things you need to know in order to stress the correct syllable is whether the third-to-last syllable ends with a consonant, knowing the syllabification rules might be important. Why was the word not split between the "t" and the "s"?

April 7, 2018

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I believe it is because High Valyrian adheres to the maximal onset principle for syllabification. And since Ks (where K = p, t, k, q) can be an onset, it will be in any case it can. I think it came up in one of the haiku contests at dothraki.com. It hasn't been stated if Gz where G = b, d, g can be an onset, but it seems logical that it would be.

May 26, 2018
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