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.
Which Words Did English Take From Other Languages?English—is one of the most incredible, flavorfully-complex melting pots of linguistic ingredients from other countries. These linguistic ingredients are called loanwords that have been borrowed and incorporated into English. The loanwords are oftentimes so common now, the foreign flavor has been completely lost.
Compare progressive assimilation.
Origin of regressive assimilation
First recorded in 1885–90
Also called anticipatory assimilation.
Definition for anticipatory assimilation (2 of 2)
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