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Movable Consonants
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A movable consonant is a segment occurring at the end of a word that alternates with zero under certain conditions.

The term “movable consonant” refers to a set of lexically-specified consonants (n, s, k) that alternate with zero under certain conditions at the edge of a word. In the linguistics literature, they are more often known as “latent segments” (e.g. Hansson 2005); Devine and Stephens (1994:252) also use the term “antihiatic consonant”. Of the three movable consonants, nu, which was termed nu ephelkustikón (‘attracted, suffi…

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David Goldstein, “Movable Consonants”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 01 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000499>
First published online: 2013

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