I read on the inernet that:
A word of ONE phonetic syllable, a word of less than FIVE letters cannot be divided into syllabographgs, e.g. piece [p/i:s], time [tai/m].
So, am I right to think that folloing words can’t be divided: eagle[ˈi/ːɡl], garden [ˈɡɑːd/(ə)n], sudden [ˈsʌd(ə)n], rhythm [ˈrɪ/ð(ə)m]. In most transcribted words (ə) is optional, so it doesn't count, right?
However such dictionaries as cambridge dictionaty or merriam-webster DO divide them into syllables, moreover in different ways.
eagle [ˈiː/ - ɡl]
garden [ˈɡɑ/ː - d(ə)n]
sudden [ˈsʌ/d - /(ə)n], [ˈsʌ/ - d(ə/)n]
rhythm [ˈr/ɪð - (ə)/m], [ˈrɪ/ - ð(ə/)m]
Can anyone clear this up for me?
Note: Phonetic (spoken) syllables must not be confused with orthographic (written) syllables. An orthgraphic syllable is a group of letters in spelling. Syllables in writing are also called syllabographs.