Meaning of svarabhakti


Pronunciation: (sfär"ä-bäk'tē Skt. sv&schwa-r&schwa-buk'ti), [key]
— n. Ling.
  1. the process of inserting vowel sounds into a consonant cluster, as in a loanword to make it conform to the pattern of the speaker's language and, hence, more easily pronounceable, as in the Italian pronunciationfor German LandsknechtCf.
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