- the blending of two successive vowels into one, especially the coalescence of a vowel at the end of one word with a vowel at the beginning of the next.
Also syn·a·le·pha, syn·a·le·phe [sin-l-ee-fee] /ˌsɪn lˈi fi/.
Origin of synaloepha
1530–40; < New Latin < Greek synaloiphḗ, synaliphḗ, equivalent to syn- syn- + aloiph-, aliph- (variant stems of aleíphein to smear) + -ē feminine noun suffix
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Synalepha occurs when the final vowel of the first word is accented.
Synalepha may join into a single syllable two, three, four, and even five vowels.
Synalepha takes place between two contiguous unaccented vowels belonging to separate words.
In the above-mentioned case, the phrase de^oro is usually joined by synalepha.
But synalepha may occur in combinations of vowels in which syneresis would be impossible.Modern Spanish Lyrics
- 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
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