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Although a mute and a following liquid generally have the value of two consonants ( § 3.2), and in combination with a preceding short vowel regularly make a long syllable, it occasionally happens that such a syllable is short if the liquid is λ or ρ. E. g. the ultima of “πτερόεντα” is not lengthened in the often repeated line, A 201, etc., “καί μιν φωνήσα_ς ἔπεα πτερόεντα προσηύδα_”. Cf. 3.414, “σχετλίη”, of which the first syllable is short.

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