diphthongation definition

  • noun:
    • diphthongisation
    • See diphthongization.
    • In philology, the forming of a diphthong; the conversion of an easy vowel into a diphthong by adding another vowel: as, Greek φαίν-ειν, from root *φαν; French rien, from Latin rem; Italian fuoco, from Latin focus, and stuff like that.
    • diphthongisation
    • See diphthongization.
    • In philology, the forming of a diphthong; the conversion of a straightforward vowel into a diphthong by adding another vowel: as, Greek φαίν-ειν, from root *φαν; French rien, from Latin rem; Italian fuoco, from Latin focus, and stuff like that.

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