Assimilation
(780 words)

Abstract

The phonological process whereby two different segments become more similar or identical (cf. Lat. assimilare ‘to liken, be similar’).

Assimilation is the most common phonological process cross-linguistically, examples from English including ‘gimme’ for ‘give me’ or ‘impossible’ from the prefix ‘in-’ before [p]. The opposite process is dissimilation. Despite its prevalence, its causes and effects are not always easy to identify ( Miller 2010:178-181). Assimilation of consonants may be usefully categorized a…

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Jesse Lundquist, “Assimilation”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 22 August 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000420>
First published online: 2013



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