Definition of Diphthong. Meaning of Diphthong. Synonyms of Diphthong

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Definition of Diphthong

Diphthong
Diphthong Diph"thong (?; 115, 277), n. [L. diphthongus, Gr. ?; di- = di`s- twice + ? voice, sound, fr. ? to utter a sound: cf. F. diphthongue.] (Ortho["e]py) (a) A coalition or union of two vowel sounds pronounced in one syllable; as, ou in out, oi in noise; -- called a proper diphthong. (b) A vowel digraph; a union of two vowels in the same syllable, only one of them being sounded; as, ai in rain, eo in people; -- called an improper diphthong.
Diphthong
Diphthong Diph"thong, v. t. To form or pronounce as a diphthong; diphthongize. [R.]

Meaning of Diphthong from wikipedia

- A diphthong (/ˈdɪfθɒŋ/ DIF-thong or /ˈdɪpθɒŋ/ DIP-thong; from Gr****: δίφθογγος, diphthongos, literally "double sound" or "double tone"; from δίς "twice"...
- spurious diphthong (or false diphthong) is an Ancient Gr**** vowel that is etymologically a long vowel but written exactly like a true diphthong ει, ου (ei...
- and in some dialects /ø/ – than in unstressed ones – /ɑ e u/. It had diphthongs that no longer exist in Modern English, which were /io̯ eo̯ æɑ̯/, with...
- linguistics, vowel breaking, vowel fracture, or diphthongization is the sound change of a monophthong into a diphthong or triphthong. Vowel breaking may be unconditioned...
- from the letters a and e, originally a ligature representing the Latin diphthong ae. It has been promoted to the full status of a letter in some languages...
- before (the boundary corresponding roughly to the monophthongization of diphthongs, and the Slavic second palatalization) use the common Balto-Slavic notation...
- either the diphthong /aɪ/ ("long" ⟨i⟩) as in kite, the short /ɪ/ as in bill, or the ⟨ee⟩ sound /iː/ in the last syllable of machine. The diphthong /aɪ/ developed...
- English diphthongs have undergone many changes since the Old and Middle English periods. The sound changes discussed here involved at least one phoneme...
- Monophthongization is a sound change by which a diphthong becomes a monophthong, a type of vowel shift. In languages that have undergone monophthongization...
- called a pure vowel. The conversions of monophthongs to diphthongs (diphthongization), and of diphthongs to monophthongs (monophthongization), are major elements...
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