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What is meant by "epenthesis"? An example please?

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Asked by Jaya Mali, 28 Apr '10 09:48 am
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Epenthesis [i pnthssiss]
adding a sound to a word: insertion of an extra sound into a word, as happens in some dialect pronunciations or in a word's development over time. The "b" in "crumble" is an example of epenthesis.

[Mid-17th century. Via late Latin < Greek < epentithenai "insert" < tithenai "to place"]

-epenthetic [ppn thttik], adjective
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Answered by Chandra sekhar Krishnan, 28 Apr '10 09:49 am

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