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1. A construction or pronunciation produced by mistaken analogy with standard usage out of a desire to be correct, as in the substitution of I for me in on behalf of my parents and I.
2. The production of such a construction or pronunciation.


(Linguistics) a mistaken correction to text or speech made through a desire to avoid nonstandard pronunciation or grammar: 'between you and I' is a hypercorrection of 'between you and me'.


(ˌhaɪ pər kəˈrɛk ʃən)

the use of an inappropriate pronunciation, grammatical form, or construction, as between you and I, resulting usu. from an effort to replace incorrect or seemingly incorrect forms with correct ones.


[ˌhaɪpəkəˈrekʃən] Nhipercorrección f, ultracorrección f
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Old Hungarian forms listed in the head, like the geographic name "1233 GN Alch [alc]," has to do with a hypercorrection found with long vowels that is well established in the phonological history of Hungarian.
Orthographic hypercorrection is evident in French loanwords like despight (Greenlaw et al.
This hypercorrection derives from his not actually reading the etymologies that he copies.
He suggests that this is perhaps a hypercorrection conditioned by a loss of h- in initial position.
They illustrate it via the nice example of h-dropping in items such as it for hit and vice versa of h-insertion, as in hain't instead of ain't: it's the phenomenon of hypercorrection (though they do not use this term) that has been discussed from a more theoretical standpoint in the Handbook, also in the papers by Hale, Janda ("'hypercorrection' exaggerates the undoing of conditioned allophonic effects" p.
From this study, Labov (1973b) was able to summarize the intersection between social and linguistic structure as follows: (1) he contrasted the language differences between islanders, representing contrast between two standard dialects (2) features were viewed as exaggerated signs of "social" identity (3) under increased selection pressure caused by hypercorrection lead to a generalization of the features (4) new group norms are established as the process levels off and (5) new norms are adopted by succeeding groups for whom the original group now becomes the reference group.