thematicization

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

thematic +‎ -ization

Noun[edit]

thematicization (countable and uncountable, plural thematicizations)

  1. (Indo-European linguistics) Insertion of a thematic vowel on the root or stem of the word to make it undergo one of the productive vocalic inflections.

Usage notes[edit]

The term is used both for proto-language, i.e. Proto-Indo-European where the thematic vowel was *-o, and for daughter languages which had inflections on other vowels.