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The omission of syllables because of excessive speed of utterance.
[haplo- + G. logos, study]
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Some independent evidence for a haplology rule rather than an affix replacement rule may come from the following.
Bennis 1980, Odijk 1993) have proposed a haplology rule, which deletes er in the context of er.
Second, since -er also coincides with the comparative form of the adjective (11a), we might expect haplology in adjectives in which the stem ends in the syllable -er, by way of rule (10).
18) For various examples of haplology in Burushaski, see Berger 2008: 6.
Particularly, I will argue against the analysis of haplology in Chinese passives.
By virtue of haplology, the passive morpheme is deleted on the surface.
In addition to the problems of analyzing bei as a preposition, the analysis of haplology in Chinese passives is also questionable.
A harmonic scale of haplology in natural languages can be derived from the findings of this paper: omission of functional morphemes is more harmonic than omission of lexical morphemes.
It is argued that haplology is coalescence, and not deletion (de Lacy 1999).
As pointed out by McCarthy and Prince (1995) and Yip (1998), MORPHDIS bans all kinds of haplology, in which two morphemes share overlapping contents.
kulawan(n)i-: The translation (and interpretation) "military" involving haplology is unconvincing.
New etymologies (often of proper names, notoriously difficult to etymologize) regularly rely on haplology (e.