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Metathesis

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Author(s): Betsy McCall
Abstract 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 examples of apparent metathesis are …
Date: 2014-01-27