Syllable Distribution Kind of Syllable % Distribution Closed (VC) Open (V) - including y Vowel – r (VR) Vowel Team (VV) Silent-e Other (includes C-le) Total 48.8 24.8 9.9 6.1 5.4 5.0 100.0 Key: V = vowel C = consonant Van Cleave, W. (2008) Everything you want to know & exactly where to find it. pg. 24. This syllable distribution study was conducted by Fry who reviewed the syllable structure of 17,310 words, which included 31,069 syllables. It is interesting to note that nearly 85% of the syllables found in words are predominately of the closed syllable type followed by open and rcontrolled syllables.