Ladefoged explains that he would say that the word predator has three syllables, but other people would count four. He also cites bottling and thinning as words that can be pronounced as two syllables, or with sillabic consonants in the middle, so that they have three syllables. Then there are the words that everyone utters in the same way, but whose syllable is on the agenda. For example, in a word like communism, is this the last Syllabic “m” or not? There are other approaches to syllable in phonetics. But these problems are real and only become more amazing as you take a closer look at them. It is a little easier for phonologists, because phonology tells us that there are rules governing how syllables behave. It is difficult for a phonologist to respect rules about how the sound works in syllables without a good phonetic definition of what they are at all, but not impossible. In English, z.B. the sound is prolonged if it is in a syllable that ends with a vocal stop (sounds like /b/ and /d/, where the vocal cords vibrate, unlike non-vocal stops like /p/ or /t/).
So the /n/ is long in the sand or lending where the /n/ and the /d / are part of the same syllable. If there are rules about how the syllable works, it makes sense that they exist. How many syllables are there in your name? You probably already know the top of your head, but count them anyway. I`ve got six. Most of us do the same thing when we count. If we have more weight than usual every time, we number them on our fingers as we walk: “Should I make you a day of pinnacle?” Ten, in this one. What if I told you that maybe the syllable doesn`t exist? These are just some of the strategies used by linguists who work in phonetics and phonology to try to understand this mysterious unity of language. In 2008, the City University of New York organized a full conference on the issue of syllable. The series of paper titles (Is there a syllable? Psycholinguistic evidence of unit recovery in language production, structure of syllables revisited in Korean, and so on) tells you something about the interest and breadth of this topic.
The variation in syllable counting between humans is not always random: people pay attention to different things when analyzing words.