assibilation


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as·sib·i·late

 (ə-sĭb′ə-lāt′)
tr.v. as·sib·i·lat·ed, as·sib·i·lat·ing, as·sib·i·lates
To pronounce with a hissing sound; make sibilant.


as·sib′i·la′tion n.
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Noun1.assibilation - the development of a consonant phoneme into a sibilant
evolution, development - a process in which something passes by degrees to a different stage (especially a more advanced or mature stage); "the development of his ideas took many years"; "the evolution of Greek civilization"; "the slow development of her skill as a writer"
2.assibilation - pronunciation with a sibilant (hissing or whistling) sound
pronunciation - the manner in which someone utters a word; "they are always correcting my pronunciation"
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References in periodicals archive ?
The form puhkea- can be explained as the outcome of an irregular assibilation in Pre-PFi (*pucki-ta >> *puski-ta > PFi *puhke-da-).
There is substantial dialectal variation in the use of syllable and word-final Id throughout Latin America, ranging from deletion and lateralization throughout the Caribbean to devoicing and assibilation in many parts of Central and South America (Lipski 1994).
According to him, forms with non-palatalised [k] survived in the North not because of being unaffected by assibilation, but due to the influence of Scandinavian, a language then characterised by lack of palatalisation.
We propose two properties for assibilation tules that we claim are universal, namely (i) assibilations cannot be triggered by /i/ unless they are also triggered by /j/, and (ii) voiced stops cannot undergo assibilations unless voiceless ones do.
185-89) because they do not distinguish between *ts from *tw and *ts from the other principal "second assibilation" sources *t(h)j and *k(h)j, nor between word-initial and word-medial developments.
Instead, the Mari word must have been borrowed from Permic, where an assibilation of the affricate (*c > *[??] > *z) had occurred.
After assibilation of the dental before the high vowel, the i in unprotected final position elided.