haplology


Also found in: Dictionary, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

hap·lol·o·gy

(hap-lol'ŏ-jē),
The omission of syllables because of excessive speed of utterance.
[haplo- + G. logos, study]
References in periodicals archive ?
Fourth, nonconcatenating homophonous elements cannot undergo haplology in Mandarin.
39) shows that haplology is obligatory only when the homophonous elements are adjacent.
Given the contrast among (37), (38), and (39), let us assume that adjacency is a prerequisite for haplology in Mandarin.
Fifth, applying the analysis of haplology to Cantonese and the Zhuji dialect is problematic.
As for the analysis of haplology, I have nothing very convincing to put forward in this respect.
The major difference between haplology of functional morphemes and haplology of lexical morphemes is that less information is lost in the former case by virtue of the nature of functional morphemes: functional morphemes constitute closed classes and mark grammatical or relational features.
A prediction is that no languages that allow haplology of lexical morphemes disallow haplology of functional morphemes.
MORPH]] against omission or haplology in natural languages.
Consequently, a harmonic scale of haplology in natural languages could be derived from the constraint-ranking hierarchy advocated in this paper: omission of functional morphemes is more harmonic than omission of lexical morphemes.