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Metathesis occurs when two adjacent sounds or features are transposed in a word.  Greek exhibits several types of metathesis.  Greek also has some examples of pseudo-metathesis.

Metathesis is a linguistic phenomenon whereby two adjacent sounds are transposed. Metathesis is primarily a diachronic process; synchronic metathesis is typically analyzed by speakers as irregularities in a paradigm rather than an active process, though it is not unheard of in other languages.  Not all e…

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Betsy McCall, “Metathesis”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000496>
First published online: 2014

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