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The nucleus position of a syllable in Afrikaans is standardly occupied by a vowel or a diphthong. Except for their inherent importance, the classification of the vowels as long or short is important for the subject rhyme.


Any Afrikaans lexical word has to minimally contain one full vowel, short or long, as well as a diphthong. For descriptions of these Afrikaans segments, see respectively The Long Vowels, The Short Vowels, and The Diphthongs.

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