On the diachrony of lateral epenthesis

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This paper discusses the phenomenon of lateral epenthesis from a diachronic perspective. Within the theoretical context of the life cycle of phonological processes, I briefly discuss two cases that are frequently mentioned in general studies on epenthesis, namely English /l/-intrusion and /l/-epenthesis in Motu. Shifting the focus to Indo-Aryan, /l/-insertion in Hindi causative verbs is then discussed in detail. After tracing diachronic developments through Old and Middle Indo-Aryan, I argue that Hindi /l/-causatives are not the product of a historical pattern of allophony in which [p] surfaces after vowel-final bases in causative forms. Similarly, I show that evidence for an analogical development of /l/-causatives, as has been assumed within the philological tradition, is relatively weak. Consequently, I propose an alternative account under which Hindi /l/-causatives emerge due to sonority-driven optimisation of historical /j/-epenthesis.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEpenthesis and beyond
Subtitle of host publication Recent approaches to insertion in phonology and its interfaces
PublisherLanguage Sciences Press
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 16 Dec 2022

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NameTopics in Phonological Diversity


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