echoism


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echoism

(ˈɛkəʊˌɪzəm)
n
1. (Linguistics) onomatopoeia as a source of word formation
2. (Phonetics & Phonology) phonetic assimilation of one vowel to the vowel in the preceding syllable

echoism

1. the formation of sounds like those in nature; onomatopoesis.
2. the tendency of paired sounds to become more similar phonetically, as the d sound in iced tea which has become a t; assimilation. — echoic, adj.
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The formation of words in imitation of sounds:
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