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The insertion of a speech sound, especially in allegro speech, between two syllables, neither of which contains the sound when the syllable is spoken in isolation, or the letter representing it in that position, such as the /r/ often heard in such phrases as the idea(r) of it, law(r) and order, India(r) and Pakistan, visa(r) application, and the Shah(r) of Iran. Compare linking r.

Subjects: Psychology.

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