svarabhakti

[sfahr-ah-bahk-tee; Sanskrit svuh-ruh-buhk-ti]

noun Linguistics.

the process of inserting vowel sounds into a consonant cluster, as in a loanword to make it conform to the pattern of the speaker's language and, hence, more easily pronounceable, as in the Italian pronunciation [lahn-tsee-ke-nek-kaw] /ˌlɑn tsi kɛˈnɛk kɔ/ for German Landsknecht [lahnts-knekht] /ˈlɑntsˌknɛxt/.

Nearby words

  1. suárez, francisco,
  2. sv,
  3. sv 40,
  4. sv40,
  5. svalbard,
  6. svc.,
  7. svedberg,
  8. svedberg unit,
  9. svedberg, theodor,
  10. svelte

Compare epenthesis.

Origin of svarabhakti

1875–80; < Sanskrit: vowel segment (inserted in particular environments)

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