- noting a change in part of the sound of a word made independently of the phonetic environment of that part.
Origin of isolative
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- (of a sound change) occurring in all linguistic environments, as the change of Middle English / iː / to Modern English / aɪ /, as in timeCompare combinative (def. 2)
- of, relating to, or concerned with isolation
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