Vowel hiatus

In phonology, hiatus (/hˈtəs/ hy-AY-təs) or diaeresis (/dˈɛrəsɪs, -ˈɪər-/ dy-ERR-ə-siss, -⁠EER-;[1] also spelled dieresis or diæresis) describes the occurrence of two separate vowel sounds in adjacent syllables with no intervening consonant. When two vowel sounds instead occur together as part of a single syllable, the result is called a diphthong.

  1. ^ "diaeresis". Oxford English Dictionary (Online ed.). Oxford University Press. (Subscription or participating institution membership required.)

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