anlaut

anlaut

[ahn-lout]
noun, plural anlaute [ahn-lou-tuh] , anlauts. Linguistics.
1.
initial position in a word, especially as a conditioning environment in sound change.
2.
a sound in this position.
Compare auslaut, inlaut.


Origin:
1880–85; < German, equivalent to an- on + Laut sound, as noun derivative of anlauten to begin (with a given sound)

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