Haplology

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Haplology is the reduction of a sequence of two identical or very similar syllables to a single such syllable.

Examples

  • Middle English humblely > Modern English humbly (Campbell 1998:37)
  • Basque sagar "apple" + ardo "wine" > sagardo "cider" (Trask 1996:68)

References

  • Campbell, Lyle. 1998. Historical Linguistics: An Introduction. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
  • Trask, R. L.. 1996. Historical Linguistics. London: Arnold.