Apocope
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Abstract

Apocope is the deletion of a final unstressed vowel

Apocope is the deletion of a final unstressed vowel. As in many other languages, the domain of apocope in Ancient Greek is almost exclusively grammatical words, cf. Lat. multum > OSp. muito > Sp. muy ‘very’ vs. mucho ‘a lot’.

Apocope is particularly well documented in preverbs and prepositions with a phonological pattern (C)VCV. Some forms are more prone to undergo reduction than others and the nature of the initial consonant of the following word pla…

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Alcorac Alonso Déniz, “Apocope”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 20 November 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_000027>
First published online: 2013



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