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also syn·a·loe·pha  (sĭn′ə-lē′fə)
The blending into one syllable of two successive vowels of adjacent words, especially to fit a poetic meter; for example, th' elite for the elite.

[New Latin, from Greek sunaloiphē, from sunaleiphein, to coalesce, unite two syllables : sun-, syn- + aleiphein, to smear; see leip- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˌsɪnəˈliːfə) or


(Linguistics) linguistics vowel elision, esp as it arises when one word ends in a vowel and the following word begins with one
[C16: from Late Latin synaloepha, from Greek sunaliphē, from syn- + aleiphein to melt, smear]

synaloepha, synalepha

the contraction of two adjacent vowels into one syllable, as by elision.
See also: Rhetoric and Rhetorical Devices
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(9) I added a point to the difficulty level of a song if the text contained multiple instances of synalepha in a fast tempo, (10) multiple instances of vowel modification, or more than three stanzas of text to differentiate the difficulty level of memorization between native and non-native speakers.
(10.) Synalepha occurs when a word concluding with a vowel precedes a word beginning with a vowel.
Cases of synalepha (elision of one word to the following) and diaeresis (separation of two vowels within the same word) are properly marked with diacritical signs.
The number of speakers, lines, syllables, rhymes, even down to the option between synalepha and dialepha, all are possible variables of dramatic conflict between characters, and their combinations can yield some interesting insights.
If we exclude the syllables in synalepha that are muted orally as the following speaker takes over, in each quatrain the two characters speak exactly twenty-two syllables each, whereas in the whole sestet there is only a slight difference (thirty-two to thirty-four).
(9) Curly brackets have been added here and in subsequent sonnets to emphasize the synalepha with elision of the first speaker's vowel.
To this end he employed errors and vices of speech that rhetors lump together under the umbrella term enallage (including solecismus, anthypallage, and anthimeria, to name a few); other vices of speech that characterize the language of Clemens's ordinary Americans are barbarismus, antistoecon, acyrologia, synalepha, aphaeresis, syncope, and apocope.
The blending of two vowels from different words into one syllable for poetic purposes is called synalepha (sinalefe in Italian).