Definition of paragoge in English:

paragoge

Line breaks: para|goge
Pronunciation: /ˌparəˈgəʊdʒi
 
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noun

Linguistics
  • The addition of a letter or syllable to a word in particular contexts (e.g. n in an) or as a language develops (e.g. t in peasant).
    More example sentences
    • Metaplasms that add letters or sounds are called prosthesis, epenthesis, and paragoge.
    • The first part will analyze the development of word-final epenthesis, or paragoge, in Sranan.

Derivatives

paragogic

Pronunciation: /-ˈgɒdʒɪk/
adjective
More example sentences
  • Twice in the Psalms and several times in Proverbs, there is both a paragogic nun and an object suffix which means an analysis will indicate two suffixes.
  • In the Shemitic languages, a paragogic letter is one which is added to a word to give it additional emphasis.

Origin

mid 16th century: via late Latin from Greek paragōgē 'addition, derivation', from para- 'alongside' + agōgē 'carrying'.

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