One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘Basque speakers shifting to Romance were confronted with lots of words beginning with [r], which they could not pronounce without an anaptyctic vowel.’
- ‘Stress might have served as an environment for the denasalization or fortification of ‘m’, as well as the strengthening of the anaptyctic vowel in the prefix.’
- ‘First, in the Eastern dialects, final consonant clusters did not contain a vowel, whereas in the Western dialects they had an anaptyctic vowel, e.g. (West / East) husun/husn ‘beauty’, fahid/fihd ‘thigh’, kalima/kilma ‘word’, ‘unuq / ‘unq ‘neck’.’
- ‘For formatives that are either verbs or nouns with a vocalic Affiliation / Extension prefix, the rules for consonantal prefixation are more constrained, as no forms using an anaptyctic vowel are permitted.’
- ‘There evidently has to be a related word with a syllabic consonant to trigger this so that e.g. duckling, madly, ugly, Wembley etc. are not usually affected but e.g. buckler, burglar, butler, inkling, spindly, stickler etc. may well soon be increasingly heard with an anaptyctic schwa by some GB speakers.’
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