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In Ancient Greek elision is the complete elimination of a vowel (generally short) that is followed by another vowel in composition or at word-juncture.

Elision (Lat. elisiō, Gr. ékthlipsis, from ekthlíbō ‘squeeze out’) is the complete elimination of a vowel followed by another vowel. With crasis (or contraction) and aphaeresis, it is one of the strategies to eliminate vowel hiatus .

In Ancient Greek elision occurs in the domain of composition (compound nouns) and word-juncture:

       epágō ‘lead on’ = epı́ + ágō, ep’ ṓmōn ‘over…

Cite this page
Alcorac Alonso Déniz, “Elision”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 29 May 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000455>
First published online: 2013

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