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Metathesis
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Metathesis is a linguistic process which involves changes in the position of consonants or vowels in a word. This process may reflect ‘convenience of articulation’, childhood language development (e.g., hospital > hopsital), speech disorder, perhaps as a result of an injury or a stroke (aphasia or dysphasia), or a mistake (e.g., ask > aks).

Such a transposition in European languages is mainly the result of historical processes which brought about only one form (e.g., Old English waeps and brid > late English wasp and bird, respectively), or yielded two separate words that share…

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Shivtiel, Avihai, “Metathesis”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 26 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000012>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423



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