vowel mutation

vowel mutation noun
Umlaut
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  • vowel — n. 1 a speech sound made with vibration of the vocal cords but without audible friction, more open than a consonant and capable of forming a syllable. 2 a letter or letters representing this, as a, e, i, o, u, aw, ah. Phrases and idioms: vowel… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Vowel harmony — is a type of long distance (see below) assimilatory phonological process involving vowels in some languages. In languages with vowel harmony, there are constraints on what vowels may be found near each other. Explanation Harmony processes are… …   Wikipedia

  • Vowel breaking — Sound change and alternation Metathesis Quantitative metathesis …   Wikipedia

  • mutation — noun (C, U) 1 a change in the genetic structure of an animal or plant, that makes it different from others of the same type: random mutation 2 technical a change in a speech sound, especially a vowel, because of the sound of the one next to it …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • mutation — mu|ta|tion [mju:ˈteıʃən] n [U and C] 1.) a change in the ↑genetic structure of an animal or plant that makes it different from others of the same kind 2.) technical a change in a speech sound, especially a vowel, because of the sound of the one… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • mutation plural — noun : a plural form differing from the singular by a vowel (as in teeth, mice) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Germanic a-mutation — A mutation is a metaphonic process, supposed to have taken place in late Proto Germanic (i.e. around 200 AD).General descriptionIn a mutation, a short high vowel (*/u/ or */i/) was lowered when the following syllable contained a non high vowel… …   Wikipedia

  • Consonant mutation — Sound change and alternation Metathesis Quantitative metathesis …   Wikipedia

  • I-mutation — (also known as umlaut, front mutation, i umlaut, i/j mutation or i/j umlaut) is an important type of sound change, more precisely a category of regressive metaphony, in which a back vowel is fronted, and/or a front vowel is raised, if the… …   Wikipedia

  • Great Vowel Shift — The Great Vowel Shift was a major change in the pronunciation of the English language that took place in England between 1350 and 1500.[1] The Great Vowel Shift was first studied by Otto Jespersen (1860–1943), a Danish linguist and Anglicist, who …   Wikipedia

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