Monophthongization

Entertainment / Literature / Monophthongization: The tendency of diphthongs to turn into simple vowels over time, or the actual process by which diphthongs turn into such vowels. Contrast with diphthongization.

Smoothing

Entertainment / Literature / Smoothing: In linguistics, the monophthongization of several Old English diphthongs. MORE

Monophthong

Entertainment / Literature / Monophthong: In linguistics, Algeo defines this as 'A simple vowel with a single, stable quality' (323) Simon Horobin calls it, 'a pure vowel with no change in quality' (192). Contrast with diphthong. See also mon MORE

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