Synizesis (/ˌsɪnəˈzsɪs/) is a sound change (metaplasm) in which two originally syllabic vowels (hiatus) are pronounced instead as a single syllable.[1] In poetry, the vowel contraction would often be necessitated by the metrical requirements of the poetic form.[2] Synizesis is also understood to occur as a natural product in the evolution of a language over time.[3]

A tie may be used to represent this pronunciation: dē͡hinc (i.e., deinc).

  1. ^ Greenough, J. B. (2001) [1903], Allen and Greenough's New Latin Grammar (Focus ed.), Newburyport, MA: Focus Publishing, p. 392 (§603 c. n.), ISBN 1-58510-042-0; Smyth, Herbert Weir (1984) [1920], Greek Grammar, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, pp. 19–20 (§60–61), ISBN 0-674-36250-0
  2. ^ Déniz, Alorac (October 11, 2013). "Synizesis". Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics. Brill.
  3. ^ Déniz 2013.

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