assimilation in which a following sound has an effect on a preceding one, as in pronouncing have in have to as [haf] /hæf/, influenced by the voiceless (t) in to.
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Why do sounds close to “mama” appear in so many languages?
Mother, maman, mommy, amma, mama, em, mum, mamma, mutter, mare, maty, ana . . . Across languages an uncanny pattern appears for the word “mother.” Why? Is it evidence of universal language? Is this evidence of sound symbolism at work, when a phoneme (sound) has meaning completely unto itself? If you are a linguist, baby talk is not a cute and meaning-lite semi-language used with …
Compare progressive assimilation.
Origin of regressive assimilation
First recorded in 1885–90
Also called anticipatory assimilation.
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