sound change

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sound change (plural sound changes)

  1. (linguistics) Any process of language change that affects pronunciation (phonetic change) or sound system structures (phonological change), manifested as a replacement of one speech sound (or, more generally, one phonetic feature) by another, as the complete loss of the affected sound, or by the introduction of a new sound in a place where there previously was none.

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