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Nucleus
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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.

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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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