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epenthesis

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n epenthesis the insertion of a vowel or consonant into a word to make its pronunciation easier "the insertion of a vowel in the plural of the word `bush' is epenthesis"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Epenthesis (Gram) The insertion of a letter or a sound in the body of a word; as, the b in “nimble” from AS. nēmol .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n epenthesis In grammar, the insertion of a letter or syllable in the middle of a word, as alituum for alitum.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Epenthesis e-pen′the-sis the insertion of a letter or syllable within a word
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. ; 'epi` + to put or set in
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.

Usage

In literature:

Epenthesis is the insertion of a sound which facilitates pronunciation, such as that of b in Fr.
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley
Throughout the eastern districts there is a strong tendency to epenthesis, e.g.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 5" by Various
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In news:

Last week's researches into the "wards" words – who says "toward" and who says "towards," and why – led me down a path with the exotic-sounding name of "epenthesis".
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In science:

The presence of [+optional] segments arising from the unapplication of epenthesis and deletion rules slightly complicates the algorithm given earlier for rule unapplication, in that such segments may optionally be passed over when checking rule environments.
Parsing Using Linearly Ordered Phonological Rules
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