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Definition of "ablaut" []

  • A vowel change, characteristic of Indo-European languages, that accompanies a change in grammatical function; for example, i, a, u in sing, sang, sung. Also called gradation. (noun)

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Use "ablaut" in a sentence
  • "They exhibit perfectly the features of quantitative ablaut, which is the older form."
  • "I doubt ablaut was still a productive system at the time that one could speak of 'Greek'."
  • "Hittite and Greek do show words with ablaut. βλιττω is difficult to explain any differently."