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Meaning of ABLAUT

Pronunciation:  'âblawt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  a vowel whose quality or length is changed to indicate linguistic distinctions (such as sing sang sung song)
 

ABLAUT is a 6 letter word that starts with A.

 

 Synonyms: gradation
 
 See Also: vowel, vowel sound

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Ab"laut\, n. [Ger., off-sound; ab off + laut sound.]
(Philol.)
The substitution of one root vowel for another, thus
indicating a corresponding modification of use or meaning;
vowel permutation; as, get, gat, got; sing, song; hang, hung.
--Earle.



 

 

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