Reduction of Vowels: Modern Hebrew
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Many spoken languages exhibit elision, reduction, and shortening of vowels, mainly in the case of vowels which do not bear the main stress of the word, in order to reduce the effort required for production or to improve the prosodic configuration. Reduction in language is characteristic of lax and spontaneous speech, but may also express morpho-phonological processes (Ravid and Shlesinger 2001:372). Spontaneous reduction takes place for reasons of economy; it involves the shortening or deletion …

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Gonen, Einat, “Reduction of Vowels: Modern Hebrew”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 19 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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