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n. pl. e·pen·the·ses (-sēz′)
The insertion of a sound in the middle of a word, as in Middle English thunder from Old English thunor.

[Late Latin, from Greek, from epentithenai, to insert : ep-, epi-, epi- + en-, in; see en-2 + tithenai, to place; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]

ep′en·thet′ic (ĕp′ĭn-thĕt′ĭk) adj.


n, pl -ses (-ˌsiːz)
(Phonetics & Phonology) the insertion of a sound or letter into a word
[C17: via Late Latin from Greek, from epentithenai to insert, from epi- + en-2 + tithenai to place]
epenthetic adj


(əˈpɛn θə sɪs)

n., pl. -ses (-ˌsiz)
the insertion of one or more sounds in the middle of a word.
[1650–60; < Late Latin < Greek epénthesis=ep- ep- + en- en-2 + thésis placing; see thesis]
ep•en•thet•ic (ˌɛp ənˈθɛt ɪk) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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"
articulation - the aspect of pronunciation that involves bringing articulatory organs together so as to shape the sounds of speech
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Despite this articulatory origin, stop epenthesis has often been treated as a phonological phenomenon, in part because epenthesis is language-specific.
Zwicky 1975 for an overview), two rules are necessary to derive the according surface forms: schwa epenthesis to derive forms like [roz[inverted e]z] and voicing assimilation to derive forms like [kaets].
5-10) presents an overview of San ani phonology, with illustrations of syncope, epenthesis, assimilation, and diphthong reduction, among other topics.
From the point of view of optimality theory, one needs to account for why Zoque chooses to coalesce the two initial segments in (10), and not to insert a vowel between them, or to delete one of the two segments, since epenthesis and deletion are commonly occurring repair strategies other languages invoke to make an underlying string of segments pronounceable.
13 This is the case, of course, only for those verb-stems (the majority) in which the presence of two consonants made the vowel epenthesis necessary.
a-ktub) epenthesis, on the one hand, and prepausal epenthesis of the type ?
The options to resolve this conflict include vowel shortening, epenthesis and toleration of CVVC.
Christdas (1987) describes a rule of epenthesis ("Epenthesis 1") "that inserts a V-slot following obstruent-final stems.
I]n this view, which we might call the "gradual" view of sound change, phonetic changes are restricted--with a few notable exceptions such as epenthesis, elision, and metathesis--to changes in the low-level phonetic rules that assign the precise numerical value to the different features in different contexts.
Degree of freedom, EP: Epenthesis, EZ: Ezafe maker, IMP: Imperfect aspect, INDEF: Indefinite, LIT: Literal meaning, OM: Object marker, NEG: Negative, P: Probability, PAST: Past tense, PL: Plural, PP: Past participle, PRES: Present, REST: Restrictive, SG: Singular, Sig.
Edge effects in Warlpiri Yawulyu songs: Resyllabification, epenthesis, final vowel modification.