Rhotacism
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Abstract

The term rhotacism refers to the replacement of a non [r] sound with [r], in the case of Greek referring to the rare change [s] > [r] intervocalically and word-finally.  

The term rhotacism refers to the replacement of a non [r] sound with [r]; more specifically in the case of Greek this phenomenon refers to the change [s] > [r] intervocalically and less commonly in word-final position. The term derives ultimately from the name of the Greek letter ‘rho’ (cf. the linguistic term ‘rhotic’).

The change of s > r occurred primarily in two …

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Jesse Lundquist, “Rhotacism”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 24 June 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000526>
First published online: 2013



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