Dissimilation
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Dissimilation can be viewed as a process by which one segment avoids taking on a feature (or a set of features) of another segment, usually an adjacent one. As such, it may be regarded as a counterprocess to assimilation. This process is not very frequent in either Classical/Modern Standard Arabic or in the Arabic dialects, at least not in its linear manifestation. Generally speaking, dissimilation may be progressive or regressive and may involve consonants and vowels alike. In Classical and Mod…

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Petr Zemánek, “Dissimilation”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 15 August 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_SIM_0027>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



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