phonemic merger

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phonemic merger (plural phonemic mergers)

  1. (phonology) The phenomenon in which two different phonemes merge and become replaced by a single phoneme.
    • 2012, Gerhard Augst, New Trends in Graphemics and Orthography, page 171:
      The first sign of a phonemic merger is that two signs, which hitherto have been kept carefully apart, become used wrongly, e.g. das is written for MHG dar, and aller for MHG alles (Schulze 1967: 38f.).

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