Apocopation


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5) the apocopation of *i, *u, in the open second syllable (*[TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.
The phonological, rather than morphological, explanation of y-apocopation on final -y verbal forms removes the sole internal evidence for a yaqtul preterite in Ugaritic - apocopation of y is not a clear indicator of one tense rather than another.
Of course, despite the classical foundation of the English education system, Britain has given the world 'bus', which, in the good old days, was spelt with an initial apostrophe, deemed mandatory by Oxford grammarians on the grounds that 'bus' is a vulgar apocopation of the ancient dative plu- ral pronoun.