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    antonym for elide

    I seek the term that is the antonym for elide or elision.

    There is plenty on the net about the handiness of these abbreviation processes but nothing that I can find to label a 'stretching' of words due to poor speech (especially in Australia).

    For example, "tour" is said as "two-er", "Year" as "ye-ar" and so on.

    Tour and year are spoken with the lips open while the others require the lips to close.

    Is there a formal or even a colloquial term for adding a syllable to such words, please?


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    Re: antonym for elide

    Quote Originally Posted by rodster View Post
    I seek the term that is the antonym for elide or elision.
    Epenthesis and anaptyxis

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epenthesis


    rodster]For example, "tour" is said as "two-er", "Year" as "ye-ar" and so on.
    If [r] is syllabic, then these aren't examples of epenthesis or anaptyxis:
    [tu:r] > [tu'r] where [r] is syllabic
    [yi:r] > [yi'r] where [r] is syllabic
    The apparent rules:
    [1] a long vowel becomes a short vowel before syllabic consonants (R, and possibly L, M, and N). The reason, syllable weight redistribution: semi-vowels are vocalic as are vowels. They are too similar so the speaker separates the two by redefining the syllable boundary.

    [2] insert a reduced vowel instead of changing the syllable boundary (epenthesis, anaptyxis)
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