Anaptyxis
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Abstract

Anaptyxis is the insertion of a vowel between two consonants.

Anaptyxis or vowel epenthesis is the insertion of a vowel between two consonants. Cross-linguistically, anaptyctic vowels (also referred to by the Sanskrit term as svarabhakti vowels) develop between clusters of stop + sonorant (Skt. ratna ‘jewel’ > Pali ratana), sonorant + stop (Lat. argentum ‘silver’ > Osc. abl. sg. aragetud) and sibilant + stop (Eng. speed > Korean [sɨpʰidɨ]). Dissimilatory in nature, vowel epenthesis is due to a tendency to broa…

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Alcorac Alonso Déniz, “Anaptyxis”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 26 March 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_000026>
First published online: 2013



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