cheshirization

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Cheshire (cat) (the cat which disappeared leaving only its smile) +‎ -ization. Coined by linguist James Matisoff in 1991.

Noun[edit]

cheshirization (uncountable)

  1. (linguistics, neologism) One or several sound changes which preserve a phonological distinction in a re-expressed form.

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