Syllable breaks are placed between two geminate consonants.

If there are no geminates, then the final vowel, and every second vowel going backwards are their own syllables.


In a stem word, primary stress falls on the last closed syllable, and secondary stress on the penultimate closed syllable.


Interrogative and imperative sentences (questions and orders) are denoted by tone. This tone is either a rising tone (ǎ) or a falling tone (â), placed on the syllable of the appropriate word which has the greatest stress.

Falling tone can also be used to bring focus to a particular word.