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anlaut

[ahn-lout] /ˈɑnˌlaʊt/
noun, plural anlaute
[ahn-lou-tuh] /ˈɑnˌlaʊ tə/ (Show IPA),
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
1880-1885
1880-85; < German, equivalent to an- on + Laut sound, as noun derivative of anlauten to begin (with a given sound)
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