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Glides
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Abstract

A ‘glide’ is the transitional semivowel between /i/ and /u/ and a following mid or low vowel.

Although the term ‘glide’ can be used as a synonym of semivowel, in a narrower sense it describes the transitional semivowel between /i/ and /u/ and a following mid or low vowel, cf. French plier /pliˈ(j)e/. Glides have no phonological status in Ancient Greek and they are not usually represented in writing. However, glide-notation appears sometimes in early Greek inscriptions.

A [j] glide, spelled with iôta <i>, is found in the Ion. p.n. Diiophánēs

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Alcorac Alonso Déniz, “Glides”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 08 December 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000463>
First published online: 2013



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