aphesis


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the gradual disappearance of an initial (usually unstressed) vowel or syllable as in 'squire' for 'esquire'

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But whereas Old English had only the form (-)iewan, Old Saxon had two forms, ogian and togian, the latter form the reflex, with aphesis, of *at-ogian.
One of the elements of grammaticalization, the aphesis, constitutes a proof for the phonetic reduction in progress.