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Could you provide me with the general rule of both metathesis and epenthesis? I can write the rules regarding specific case in metathesis and epenthesis but I couldn't find out the general rule.

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    There are only specific rules. What do you even mean by "the general rule"? – user6726 Dec 21 '15 at 17:01
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    IIRC, SPE gives a formulation for metathesis, in just a brief note saying that transformational notation is required for this. (It's not very interesting.) – Greg Lee Dec 21 '15 at 19:47
  • Would you say you can formulate a rule for the fact that there is Greek morf-e and Latin form-a? – rogermue Dec 27 '15 at 13:57
  • Are you asking about English? Or are you looking for some "universal" rules? – fdb Apr 20 '16 at 0:42
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The 'general rule' might be that certain phonemes are difficult to say in sequence, so one either swaps them (metathesis) or inserts another (typically a vowel, epenthesis).

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    Or you could change one of the phonemes to a different phoneme; or you could delete one of the phonemes. There is a difference between a rule that performs a specific action, and the reason for there being such a rule. – user6726 Jan 20 '16 at 21:19

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