Noun Ablaut Definition and Examples







Alternation in the vowels of related word forms, especially in Germanic strong verbs (e.g. in sing, sang, sung)
  1. 'You can't even distinguish between the preterite and participle Germanic ablauts of English.'
  2. 'There are various categories of this: rhyming, exact and ablaut (vowel substitution).'
  3. 'It is the relationship between phonemic pitch and the nature of ablaut in standard Lithuanian which makes this clear.'
((n.) 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.)

Mid 19th century: from German, from ab ‘off’ + Laut ‘sound’.

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