semivowel


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Synonyms for semivowel

a vowellike sound that serves as a consonant

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In the sources from the mid-1920s (LKG; LL 1924; LL 1926; Stalte 1924) the diphthong ie and the first component of the triphthong ieu was interpreted as a semivowel.
Some include fricatives, liquids, nasals, and vowels; others include any consonant except plosives and affricates; others include any consonant except plosives, affricates, nasals, and semivowels.
Rising diphthong begins with a less prominent semivowel and end with a more prominent full vowel.
In Middle English, the raising of the long front close vowel [e:] to [i:] operated in the two main contexts: (a) before <z> representing the palatalised voiced velar fricative which later became the semivowel [j], as in e.
yaw-), "find" (*yaud-), "boil" (*yausa-), and "chew" (*jyaw-), for which Parthian, Tatic, Gurani, and CDs have retained the initial semivowel *y-.
Among European languages that use the Roman alphabet, Finnish, Estonian, the Slavic languages, and all the Germanic languages other than English seem to use <j> for the semivowel, while most of the rest use <y> or <i>.
Its status as a semivowel in coda position is arguable, as it inflects the end of the preceding vowel in "hard," "wired," "fears," "sort," but replaces the syllabic vowel ("vocalic-r") in "earth" and "bird.
Thus, he believes that when the first consonant of the root was /w/ it could become syllabilized by shifting from semivowel to vowel.
Here belong palatalisations and transformations of velar fricatives, devoicing of final plosives, metatheses, loss of [n] in unaccented syllables, transformations of some newly created sequences of consonants, processes of spirantisation and despirantisation, and an occasional loss of the semivowel [w], as in swylc > such, etc.
This sound as described by Kuhnert is a high front semivowel, i.
Falling diphthong (first-vowel syllabic) in a stressed syllable or monosyllable, ending with a dolce semivowel.
According to the rule, the weak grade vowels i and u (and possibly other syllabic resonants) were lost after a light syllable when preceded by a consonant and followed by a corresponding semivowel and a vowel.
The classification below groups these verbs according to the root vowel and the presence or absence in the preterite of the semivowel [j] in word-initial position (unless indicated otherwise, all forms are singular):
102, SK 202], which includes, among its conditions of application, "an ending beginning with a semivowel, nasal, or the phoneme bh," viz.