Words and Proper Names


Ó Baoill (Dónall P.): Preaspiration, epenthesis and vowel lengthening: interrelated and of similar origin?
In Celtica 13 (1980), pp. 79–108.
Claims that the development of preaspiration, epenthesis and vowel lengthening is an attempt to maintain syllabic length following the disappearance of geminated consonants. Also includes some discussion of geminated stops in Donegal Irish, -rt sequence in Scottish Gaelic, cluster and svarabhakti in Manx.