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v. gem·i·nat·ed, gem·i·nat·ing, gem·i·nates
1. To double.
2. To arrange in pairs.
3. Linguistics To make into a geminate.
1. To occur in pairs.
2. Linguistics To become a geminate.
adj. (-nĭt, -nāt′)
Forming a pair; doubled.
n. (-nĭt, -nāt′) Linguistics
A long or doubled consonant sound, such as the tt in the Italian word sotto or the nn in the English word thinness.

[Latin gemināre, gemināt-, from geminus, twin.]

gem′i·na′tion n.


1. the act or state of being doubled or paired
2. (Phonetics & Phonology) the doubling of a consonant
3. (Rhetoric) the immediate repetition of a word, phrase, or clause for rhetorical effect


Immediate repetition of a word or phrase for rhetorical effect.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gemination - the doubling of a word or phrase (as for rhetorical effect)
repetition - the repeated use of the same word or word pattern as a rhetorical device
2.gemination - the act of copying or making a duplicate (or duplicates) of something; "this kind of duplication is wasteful"
copying - an act of copying
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Lehiste, Teras, Ernstreits, Lippus, Pajusalu, Tuisk, Viitso (2008) have shown that secondary-stressed feet containing a geminate consonant also have shorter durations than primary-stressed feet of the same structure.
duration of the word-medial geminate consonant as primary correlate) and differences that are relevant for testing the following issues a) the type of length-related vs.
Unlike final geminate consonant in the following structure the medial geminate consonant is not shown with colon (:) instead CC is used so that a clear view of the words in light of MOP be presented.
9), where the final geminate consonant had been probably lost by that time, though, in the oblique forms the consonant was probably still geminate (long), e.
The accepted IPA nomenclature for a geminate consonant is [m:], [t:], [r:], etc.
Careful analysis of the data shows that consonant deletion will occur when there is a geminate consonant.
According to Bussmann (1996:272) a geminate consonant is a "consonant that is distinguished from another exclusively by its longer period of articulation".
Then the geminate consonant is realized in the onset of the syllable in which the affix vowel is the nucleus i.