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Vowel Prosthesis in Romance: A Diachronic Study

Rodney Sampson


This book presents for the first time an in‐depth historical account of vowel prosthesis in the Romance languages. Vowel prosthesis is a change which involves the appearance of a non‐etymological vowel at the beginning of a word: a familiar example is the initial e which appears in the development of Latin sperare to Spanish esperar and French espérer ‘to hope’. Despite its widespread incidence in the Romance languages, it has remained poorly studied. In his wide‐ranging comparative coverage, Professor Sampson identifies three main categories of vowel prosthesis that have occurred and explores ... More

Keywords: Romance languages, Romance phonology, Historical phonology, Sound change, Sporadic change, Vowel prosthesis, Prosthetic vowels, Epenthetic vowels

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199541157
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199541157.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rodney Sampson, author
Bristol University
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