Can you recommend me a good source of hyphenation rules in English? Something that would begin with explaining how words are divided into syllables, which I am not entirely sure about.
For example, intuitively, I would split "recommendation" as
re-commendation and "compare" as
com-pare; however, a machine (which probably should know it) says,
rec-ommendation correct at all? If yes, why?
By googling, I found the "maximal onset principle" saying that the second syllable grabs as many consonants as possible, as long as an English word can begin like this, so using that principle, it should be
re-commendation. Additionally, it would make sense to have a break after a prefix, and
re- is a prefix. (An unnecessary one in this word, as Latin 'commendatio' means 'recommendation', but it is still a prefix.) By that rule (I don't know if it is a rule in English, though), it would be, again,
re-commendation. So why is
rec-ommendation recommended in several sources, e.g.,
(I'm happy with
com-pare as it would be difficult to imagine an English word starting with
mp-. In addition,
com seems like a prefix, although I am not sure if it is thought of as a prefix in English.)
Thanks for any com- ments!