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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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A correlation also exists between vowel length and ensuing consonant length, as in German and Italian.
In [section]2 I give a description of and evidence for the consonant phonemes ([section]2.1-[section]2.5) and then discuss the status of consonant length ([section]2.6).
[C.sub.[mu]] (or [C.sub.[mu]].C) is not a suitable method for distinguishing the three different degrees of consonant length in Estonian stems.
This view is also defended by Jordan (1974:[section]19 Remark 1), who holds that Orm "chiefly aspired to a strong regulation of orthography", and for this reason he "consistently carried through the designation of consonant length".
However, as we shall see below, this part of the Ahtna verb is marked morphophonologically in such a way that a crude measurement like consonant length is doomed to be confounded.