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Query Subject:   Q: Term(s) for V-0
Author:   Ivan A Derzhanski
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Query:   Is there a more or less commonly accepted term in English for
a vowel that alternates with zero, as the /o/ in Russian _rot_
`mouth', pl. _rty_? I've seen `fugitive' (a literal translation
of Russian _beglaja [glasnaja]_), `unstable' (which could, however,
mean other things as well) and `movable' (which seems better suited
for a segment undergoing metathesis than deletion). What term(s)
do people prefer?

Also, I seem to have come across the term `evanescent' used for the
same purpose, but can't remember where. Does it exist, or am I
misremembering something?

Thanks in advance,
-
Ivan A Derzhanski
http://www.math.bas.bg/ml/iad/
iad@math.bas.bg
Dept for Math Lx, Inst for Maths & CompSci, Bulg Acad of Sciences


LL Issue: 14.3103
Date posted: 13-Nov-2003



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