svarabhakti

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Sanskrit स्वरभक्ति (svára-bhakti, vowel separation), a compound of स्वर (svára, vowel) + भक्ति (bhaktí, separation).

Pronunciation[edit]

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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌsvɑɹəˈbɑkti/, /ˌswɑɹəˈbɑkti/

Noun[edit]

svarabhakti (usually uncountable, plural svarabhaktis)

  1. (linguistics, phonology) Epenthesis of a vowel, as in the football chant Engerland for England; anaptyxis.
    Svarabhakti is a common feature of northern Indian languages such as Hindi and Bengali.

Usage notes[edit]

  • This term was originally a term of art for vowels phonetically inserted between /r/ or /l/ and a following consonant in Sanskrit; in modern use, it is used for any vowel insertion, regardless of the language or phonetic context.

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