This article describes the syllable of Pakistani English (PE. It compares the syllable of PE with
British English, in the light of concepts of syllabic (Chomsky and Halle, 1968), syllabification,
template, syllable pattern, model of syllable structure, phonotactics and syllable weight. In the end, the following
differences in syllabic phonology of PE and British English are summarized: In phonotactic constraints, one
difference is found that is in the syllable of PE cluster of three consonants i.e. /s/, /p or t or k/, /l or r/ is allowed
only in monosyllabic words, whereas word internally this cluster is not permissible. So, [ek.sklIUd] becomes
[eks.klIUd] in PE; the weight of the syllable in PE is not only based on the quality of vowel but also the quality of
consonant; in PE every syllable must contain vowel as a nucleus.
Assistant Professor, Department of English, Quaid-I-Azam University Islamabad, Pakistan.
Assistant Professor, Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics, Allama Iqbal Open University Islamabad, Pakistan.
Lecturer, Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics, Allama Iqbal Open University Islamabad, Pakistan.