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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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More particularly, syllable forms the basis of many phonological processes such as prosthesis, syncope, apocope, degemination, epenthesis, and vowel shortening and lengthening; these alternations or processes, which depend on the syllable structure in a word, occur in order to avoid the surfacing of marked syllable structures.
[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.
Edge effects in Warlpiri Yawulyu songs: Resyllabification, epenthesis, final vowel modification.
Initial clusters should not be modified, although epenthesis is less likely to cause misunderstandings than deletion.
36He further quotes Kang in this connection that though Korean language do have coronal stop + w cluster in its native cluster yet the English /tw/ cluster is pronounced with a vowel epenthesis to break the cluster.
Among their topics are the syllabic position of glides in Spanish: insights from the Pasiego vowel harmony, on onset clusters in Spanish: voiced onset underspecification and /f/, the challenge of lexically empty onsets in first language acquisition of Spanish and German, Spanish vocalic epenthesis: the phonetics of the mora, and the phonological weight of Spanish syllables.
Likewise: kem-yct ~ ([section] 4) kemm-iyct 'how are you (sg.)?', and with epenthesis: kem-ncn ~ ([section] 11) kemm-encn 'how are they?' (see n.
The presence of the glottal found in situations such as (19) could then be attributed to glottalic epenthesis rather than preservation.
We find changes, for example, to individual segments ([0] replaced by [ts] in Veneto), changes to segmental processes (elimination of nasal + stop voicing assimilation in central and southern dialects), changes to phonotactics (vowel epenthesis between non-Italian sequences of consonants, such as /mt/ in Emilian /zgumte/ > /zgumite/ 'to elbow'; cf.