A new paper was published in the #labphonjournal today
In "An acoustic study of vowel intrusion in Turkish onset clusters", J. Bellik investigates how gestural overlap relates to the emergence of vocoids in Turkish consonant clusters. She finds that vowels inserted in onset clusters are shorter and more affected by coarticulation in loanwords than those in the native Turkish lexicon. These results suggest that inserted vocoids are different from harmonizing epenthetic vowels, and that they may be a product of gestural readjustment.
Bellik’s article is freely available on labphon-journal.org
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#phonology, epenthesis(/əˈpɛnθəsɪs/; Greek: ἐπένθεσις) means the addition of one or more sounds to a word, especially to the interior of a word. The wordepenthesis comes from epi "in addition to" and en "in" and thesis "putting". Epenthesis may be divided into two types: excrescence, for the addition of a consonant, and #anaptyxis(/ˌænæpˈtɪksɨs/; from Greek: ἀνάπτυξις; alsos varabhakti) for the addition of a vowel.
Epenthesis arises for a variety of reasons. The #phonotactics of a given language may discourage vowels in hiatus or consonant clusters, and a consonant or vowel may be added to make pronunciation easier.
#epenthesis may be represented in writing or be a feature only of the spoken language.
A consonant may be added to separate vowels in hiatus. This is the case with linking and intrusive R.
drawing → drawringBridging consonant clustersEdit
A consonant may be placed between consonants in a consonant cluster where theplace of articulation is different (e.g., where one consonant is labial and the other isalveolar). something → somepthing*a-mrotos → ambrotosBreaking consonant clustersEdit
A vowel may be placed between consonants to separate them.
Hamtramck → Hamtramick
Regular examples in English are -i- used in forming Latinate words such as equidistantand -o- used in forming words on Greek roots or general compounds, as in speedometer
While epenthesis most often occurs between two vowels or two consonants, it can also occur between a vowel and a consonant, or at the ends of words. For example, the Japanese prefix ma- (真〜（ま〜）?, pure …, complete …) transforms regularly to ma'- (真っ〜（まっ〜）?, (gemination of following consonant)) when followed by a consonant, as in masshiro (真っ白（まっしろ）?, pure white). The English suffix -t often found in the form -st as in amongst (from among + -st), is an example of terminal excrescence.