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diphthongize Syllabification: diph·thong·ize
Pronunciation: /ˈdifTHôNGˌīz/

Definition of diphthongize in English:


[with object]
Change (a vowel) into a diphthong.
Example sentences
  • But at normal conversational speed its ghastly sequence of four diphthongized long vowels (in the nicely symmetrical but un-IPA Trager-Smith transcription, / ay ey iy ey /) sounds something like ah-ee-yay-ee-yee-yay-ee.
  • Stealth has a long, tense, diphthongized high vowel [i], whereas stealth has a short, lax, mid-vowel.
  • In particular, the vowel of the last syllable was a pretty good IPA [e], not diphthongized like the vowel in English babe but also not laxed and shortened like the vowel in English bed.


Pronunciation: /ˌdipTHôNG(ɡ)əˈzāSHən/ /ˌdipTHôNG(ɡ)īˈzāSHən/ /ˌdifTHôNG(ɡ)əˈzāSHən/ /ˌdifTHôNG(ɡ)īˈzāSHən/
Example sentences
  • The diphthongisation of [i:] and [y:] led to a merging of sounds as can be seen in this table.
  • Nonetheless, a number of studies suggest that at least diphthongization and nasal and lateral depalatalization may be unproductive in Spanish.
  • What is more, he observes that the diphthongisation works more efficiently when the word in question is feminine, and less systematically when the word is masculine or higher register.
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