Definition of Ablaut

1. Noun. A vowel whose quality or length is changed to indicate linguistic distinctions (such as sing sang sung song).

Specialized synonyms: Gradation, Grade
Generic synonyms: Vowel, Vowel Sound



Definition of Ablaut

1. 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.

Definition of Ablaut

1. Noun. (linguistics) The substitution of one root vowel for another, thus indicating a corresponding modification of use or meaning; vowel permutation; as, (term get), (term gat), and (term got); (term sing) and (term song); (term hang) and (term hung), distinct from the phonetic influence of a succeeding vowel. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Ablaut

1. a patterned change in root vowels of verb forms [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ablaut

ablatio placentae
ablation
ablations
ablatitious
ablatival
ablative
ablative absolute
ablative absolutes
ablative case
ablative cases
ablatively
ablatives
ablativity
ablator
ablators
ablaut (current term)
ablauting
ablauts
ablaze
ablaze(p)
able
able-bodied
able-bodied seaman
able-bodied seamen
able-bodiedism
able-bodiedness
able-bodism
able-bodyism
able-minded
able-mindedness

Literary usage of Ablaut

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1. Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological Association by American philological association (1885)
"103 Statistical Table 109 Table of the ablaut no THERE is hardly a modern language which presents so faithful a picture of its former state as the German. ..."

2. Dictionary of Philosophy and Psychology: Including Many of the Principal by James Mark Baldwin (1901)
"Optik determined the present view that ablaut is a purely phonetic phenomenon, and that its variations have been merely utilized by language ; as notably, ..."

3. An Old English Grammar by Eduard Sievers (1903)
"II in participles of the First ablaut-Class are not to be regarded (22, note). ... ablaut Verbs may all be referred to four stems, which are called tense- ..."

4. Old English grammar by Elizabeth Mary Lea Wright, Joseph Wright (1908)
"By ablaut is meant the gradation of vowels both in stem and suffix, ... The vowels vary within certain series of related vowels, called ablaut-series. ..."

5. Old English grammar by Joseph Wright, Elizabeth Mary Lea Wright (1908)
"Phonology CHAPTER VII ablaut (VOWEL GRADATION) [§324 § 224. By ablaut ... The vowels vary within certain series of related vowels, called ablaut-series. ..."

6. A Comparative Grammar of the Teutonic Languages: Being at the Same Time a by Jacob Helfenstein (1870)
"REDUPLICATION (ablaut). CLASSIFICATION OF STRONG VERBS. Reduplication was in the Teutonic, as in the other Amu languages, the most primitive mode of forming ..."

7. The Principles of Sound and Inflexion as Illustrated in the Greek and Latin by John Edward King, Christopher Cookson (1888)
"Where the second ablaut contains a long vowel (as in the root ата), the distinction between the third and fourth degrees may be preserved. ..."

8. A Grammar of the German Language for High Schools and Colleges: Designed for by H[ermann] C[arl] G[eorge] Brandt (1888)
"ablaut is the gradation of vowels, both in stem and suffix, ... The vowels vary within • "t »' certain series of related vowels called ablaut-series. ..."

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