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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Definitions for aphesis

  1. Historical Linguistics. the disappearance or loss of an unstressed initial vowel or syllable, as in the formation of the word slant from aslant.

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Citations for aphesis
In particular, phrases forming a solid continuous unit and having only one main stress can become subjected to aphesis and other phonetic changes. Mikko Luukko, Grammatical Variation in Neo-Assyrian, 2004
In other cases we witness aphaeresis, or rather aphesis, the loss of initial segments in the MAGY words… György Busztin, The Legacy of the Barang People, 2006
Origin of aphesis
Aphesis is derived from the Greek word of the same spelling meaning "a letting go."