Crasis

Crasis is a type of contraction in which two vowels or diphthongs merge into one new vowel or diphthong — making one word out of two. Crasis occurs in Portuguese and Arabic as well as in Ancient Greek, where it was first described.

In some cases, as in the French examples below, crasis involves the grammaticalization of two individual lexical items into one, but in other cases, as in the Greek examples, crasis is the orthographic representation of the encliticization and vowel reduction of one grammatical form with another. The difference between the two is that the Greek examples involve two grammatical words and a single phonological word and the French examples involve a single phonological word and grammatical word.

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Crase - Portuguese - Further Rules
... To determine whether the crasis always apply, or whether one may use the contraction à (with an accent) instead of the preposition a (without an ... a ("the") is still possible, then the crasis applies ... necessary to use the combination 'ao' (that is used naturally by native speakers), then the crasis applies ...
Crase - Greek
... In both Ancient Greek and Modern Greek, crasis merges a small word and long word that are closely connected in meaning ... "curved" plural κορωνίδες korōnídes) marks the vowel from crasis ... The article undergoes crasis with various nouns and adjectives starting in a vowel τὰ ἐμά → τἀμά "my (affairs ...
Portuguese - Further Rules - Optional Crasis
... Eu fui até Bahia de carro ... ("I traveled to Bahia by car") ...
Crase
... Crasis is a type of contraction in which two vowels or diphthongs merge into one new vowel or diphthong — making one word out of two ... Crasis occurs in Portuguese and Arabic as well as in Ancient Greek, where it was first described ... In some cases, as in the French examples below, crasis involves the grammaticalization of two individual lexical items into one, but in other cases, as ...
Crase - Portuguese
... rã (frog, paddock) In Portuguese, the most frequently observed crasis today is the contraction of the preposition a ("to" or "at") with the feminine ... Crasis also occurs between the preposition a and demonstratives for instance, when this preposition precedes aquele(s), aquela(s) (meaning "that", "th ... In addition, the crasis à is pronounced lower as /a/ than the article or preposition a, as /ɐ/, in these examples in standard European Portuguese, though this qualitative distinction is not made ...