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ablaut

Line breaks: ab¦laut
Pronunciation: /ˈablaʊt
 
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Definition of ablaut in English:

noun

[mass noun]
Alternation in the vowels of related word forms, especially in Germanic strong verbs (e.g. in sing, sang, sung): [as modifier]: an ablaut series
More example sentences
  • When ablaut is a regular feature of a language's grammar, it is often called vowel gradation.
  • It is the relationship between phonemic pitch and the nature of ablaut in standard Lithuanian which makes this clear.
  • You can't even distinguish between the preterite and participle Germanic ablauts of English.

Origin

mid 19th century: from German, from ab 'off' + Laut 'sound'.

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