Assimilation (definition)

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Assimilation is a phonological process in which a sound in pronounced in a way that makes it more similar to some other sound in its environment. For example, the alveolar consonant [n] in the middle of the English word 'bonbon' might be pronounced as a bilabial consonant [m], because that makes it more similar to its neighbor [b], which is also bilabial.

See Also

  • Assimilation is a very common phonological process. See also the page about regular phonological processes to learn more about assimilation in Gaelic.

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  • Crystal, D. (2008) Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics. 6th Edition. Wiley-Blackwell.