Definition of assibilate in English:

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assibilate

Pronunciation: /əˈsɪbɪleɪt/

verb

[with object] Phonetics
Pronounce (a sound) as a sibilant or affricate ending in a sibilant (e.g. sound t as ts).
Example sentences
  • Moreover, gay men who speak with what a North American newsreader would consider an ‘accent’ - such as British, Australian, or even Texan gays - rarely assibilate at all.
  • As such, increasing the periodicity in an assibilated rhotic may lead to the perception of the trill, even if it is not present.
  • In medieval manuscripts ti or di with a following vowel or diphthong are frequently replaced by z.

Derivatives

assibilation

Pronunciation: /əsɪbɪˈleɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
Example sentences
  • The other characteristic feature, which Frisian has carried on a step farther than English, is the assibilation of velars before front vowels.
  • I revisited this community to collect data to compare the current findings with the ones yielded in a former study where I contrasted the assibilation in Mexico and in the United States.
  • Gay men are not the only group whose members sometimes speak with assibilation.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Latin assibilat- 'hissed at', from the verb assibilare, from ad- 'to' + sibilare 'to hiss'.

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