Schwa Secundum
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Abstract

‘Schwa secundum’ refers to an epenthetic vowel inserted to break up word-initial consonant clusters in PIE zero grade sequences #(s)TTRV- (T = obstruent, R = sonorant, V = vowel), and perhaps in some similar contexts. The epenthetic vowel in Greek words is /i/, inserted between the two obstruents.

‘Schwa secundum’ refers to an epenthetic vowel inserted to break up certain word-initial consonant clusters in Proto-Indo-European (Fortson 2010:68). In the standard version of this theory (Schindle…

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Brent Vine, “Schwa Secundum”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 24 May 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000533>
First published online: 2013



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