The variation in syllable counting between humans is not always random: people pay attention to different things when analyzing words. Ladefoged cites the example of the meteor and notes that it will be „two syllables for some people, but three syllables for those who think it is the same strain as the tribe in „meteoric.” Contains words that contain what linguists call high-level vocals, followed by /l/ (z.B. meal, seal, true) two syllables or one? What about words with /r/, like rent, fire, time? In words containing high vocalizations without tone (where your tongue sits near the roof of your mouth), followed by another vowel without an intermediate consonant, z.B.; Transmit, heavier, Neolithic, the vowels form a dipthong (two vowels that slide together) of a syllable or two? Remember, the stressed syllable have stronger, clearer vowels, and uncontaminated syllable reduced vowels. The trick is to change the quality of the vowels depending on the part of the language. In the „contract” (n), the most stressed syllable must be clearly strong /ah//, but in „contract” (v.) the first syllable in stress is reduced; The vowel becomes a swan. These are just some of the strategies used by linguists who work in phonetics and phonology to try to understand this mysterious unity of language. In 2008, the City University of New York organized a full conference on the issue of syllable. The series of paper titles (Is there a syllable? Psycholinguistic evidence of unit recovery in language production, structure of syllables revisited in Korean, and so on) tells you something about the interest and breadth of this topic. There are other approaches to syllable in phonetics. But these problems are real and only become more amazing as you take a closer look at them.
It is a little easier for phonologists, because phonology tells us that there are rules governing how syllables behave. It is difficult for a phonologist to respect rules about how the sound works in syllables without a good phonetic definition of what they are at all, but not impossible. In English, z.B. the sound is prolonged if it is in a syllable that ends with a vocal stop (sounds like /b/ and /d/, where the vocal cords vibrate, unlike non-vocal stops like /p/ or /t/). So the /n/ is long in the sand or lending where the /n/ and the /d / are part of the same syllable. If there are rules about how the syllable works, it makes sense that they exist. But when it comes to learning another language, the syllable can be a very useful idea. There are entire methods of learning languages based on the idea that „words are imaginary” while „syllables are real.” The constitution of language as a syllable can certainly help the learner to grasp the phonetics of a foreign language. If you focus on sounds, you can see the spelling of a word.