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the building of words from component morphemes that retain their form and meaning in the process of combining
a linguistic process by which a sound becomes similar to an adjacent sound
(descriptive linguistics) the process whereby new words are formed from existing words or bases by affixation
a linguistic process by which one of two similar sounds in a word becomes less like the other
a process of linguistic change over a period of time
the merging of adjacent sounds or syllables or words
(phonetics) the alteration of a speech sound under the influence of a neighboring sound
the process of making a word to express a concept
a linguistic process of transposition of sounds or syllables within a word or words within a sentence
any process whereby sounds or words are left out of spoken words or phrases
the contraction of two vowels into a diphthong
(linguistics) omission at the beginning of a word as in `coon' for `raccoon' or `till' for `until'
the gradual disappearance of an initial (usually unstressed) vowel or syllable as in `squire' for `esquire'
the derivation of a general name from that of a famous person
the linguistic process in which over a period of time a word grows more positive in connotation or more elevated in meaning
omission of a sound between two words (usually a vowel and the end of one word or the beginning of the next)
omission or suppression of parts of words or sentences
the fusion of originally different inflected forms (resulting in a reduction in the use of inflections)