- For a definition of Epenthesis (also known svarabhakti) see Epenthesis (definition)
- For a discussion of the theoretical treatments of epenthesis in the linguistics literature see Theoretical Treatments of Epenthesis
Description of the phenomenon
Some examples are provided below (all taken from Bosch 1997); the epenthetic vowels are underlined:
- arm, [aram], "army"
- sealbh, [ʃaɫav], "property"
- sgarbh, [skarav], "cormorant"
- Alba, [aɫapə], "Scotland"
- urchair, [uruxirᴶ], "a shot'"
- dorcha, [dɔrɔxɔ], "dark"
- [merᴶekᴶ] "rust"
- Theoretical Treatments of Epenthesis
- Epenthesis (definition)
- Transcriptions of Epenthesis
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- Borgstrøm C, Hj. (1937). The Dialect of Barra in the Outer Hebrides, Norsk Tidsskrift for Sprogvidenskap 7, 71-242.
- Borgstrøm C, Hj. (1940). The Dialects of the Outer Hebrides, NTS suppl. bind 1 Oslo: Aschehoug & Co.
- Bosch, Anna (1995). A gestural analysis of epenthesis in Scottish Gaelic. Ms., University of Kentucky.
- Bosch, Anna (2003). Borgstrøm's Dialect of Barra in the Outer Hebrides: The Uses and Misuses of Description in Theory, Scottish Gaelic Studies 21, 221-239.
- Bosch, Anna & De Jong, Kenneth (1997). The Prosody of Barra Gaelic Epenthetic Vowels, Studies in the Linguistic Sciences 27, 1-16.
- Clements, G.N. (1986). Syllabification and epenthesis in the Barra dialect of Gaelic. In K. Bogers, H. van der Hulst & M. Mous (eds.), The Phonological Representation of Suprasegmentals: Studies on African Languages Offered to John M. Steward on His 60th Birthday, 317-336. Dordrecht: Foris.
- Halle, Morris (1995). Feature Geometry and Feature Spreading, Linguistic Inquiry 26, 1-46.
- Ní Chiosáin, M. (1994). Barra Gaelic Vowel Copy and (Non)-Constituent Spreading, Proceedings of WCCFL XIII, 3-13.