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Ablaut Definition

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[n] a vowel whose quality or length is changed to indicate linguistic distinctions (such as sing sang sung song)


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gradation

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vowel, vowel sound

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\Ab"laut\, n. [Ger., off-sound; ab off + laut sound.] (Philol.) The substitution of one root vowel for another, thus indicating a corresponding modification of use or meaning; vowel permutation; as, get, gat, got; sing, song; hang, hung. --Earle.

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