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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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14 Long-term relapse and revision surgery have led to numerous modifications of techniques, like hypercorrection, unilateral versus bilateral correction, shell technique, split calvarial grafting, posterior cranial vault expansion and, recently, spring-assisted techniques, with improved structural and cosmetic results.
OF % MISTAKES OCCURRENCES MADE Irregular phonographemic relationship (a sound may be represented by different graphemes) Support on orality (words are written as they are pronounced) Hypercorrection (by increasingly understanding the difference between the spoken and written language the child starts to autocorrect.
In addition to those already identified, the effect of hypercorrection, an attempt to mimic the SBE form, distraction at the point of recording, a need to be different on the assumption that different means better or correct, the consciousness of being recorded, among others are possible causes of the lack of uniformity.
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.
This measurement is then transposed to the affected side with hypercorrection of about 5mm.
This modernist interpretation may help explain raters' vulnerability to post-intervention hypercorrection or a retreat to prior scoring behaviors (see Congdon and McQueen).
Further, the adjustment between manuscript and US versions from the Scots plural, 'twa year', to an anglicised plural, 'twa years', may reflect the text performed or a hypercorrection in the American proof-reading process: it is impossible at this point to say which.
This makes it sound as if the word had often been written quite intentionally in a dialectal form, leaving it to the reader or hearer to reconstruct the "original" from it by a process of deliberate hypercorrection.
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.