Epenthesis (definition)

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*for the article on epenthesis in Gaelic see Epenthesis

Epenthesis is the insertion of a sound (in Gaelic this is usually a vowel), between two other sounds. In the speech of some English speakers, the word film is pronounced with two syllables [fɪləm]. This process is very common in Gaelic, and is found in words like orm [ɔrəm] or Alba [alapə].

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References

  • Crystal, David. (1997) A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics. Oxford, UK: Blackwell.