Apocope is the deletion of a final unstressed vowel
Apocope is the deletion of a final unstressed vowel. As in many other languages, the domain of apocope in Ancient Greek is almost exclusively grammatical words, cf. Lat. multum > OSp. muito > Sp. muy ‘very’ vs. mucho ‘a lot’.
Apocope is particularly well documented in preverbs and prepositions with a phonological pattern (C)VCV. Some forms are more prone to undergo reduction than others and the nature of the initial consonant of the following word plays a fu…