This might be a better example of that cart-before-the-horse analogy.
[Via LINGUIST List.]
Message 1: Prothesis Before Single Consonant
From: Katalin Balogne Berces <email@example.com>
Subject: Prothesis Before Single Consonant
I’m looking for examples of vowel prothesis before a single consonant. Prothesis
is usually exemplified in word-initial consonant clusters, whether the vowel is
inserted before the cluster (as in Spanish ”escuela” ‘school’) or within (as
in Arabic ”bilastic” ‘plastic’). I’m sure there are cases of word-initial
vowel epenthesis before a non-branching onset, something like ”ibala” for a
loanword from an input ”bala”, I just haven’t found any examples. I hope you
can help me.
Katalin Balogne Berces
Linguistic Field(s): Phonology