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The clustering of consonants at either or both edges of a syllable, which renders it complex (CCVC or CVCC), is disfavored, if not categorically banned, in many languages. Epenthesis (also called anaptyxis) is one of the repair mechanisms a language may employ to rectify syllabification violations ensuing from undesirable clusters. The surface effect of epenthesis is insertion of a ‘helping’ vowel, to facilitate proper syllabification of all output consonants, thereby rendering surface phonological representations in tandem w…

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Samira Farwaneh, “Epenthesis”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 30 May 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol2_0007>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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