iotacism

iotacism

[ahy-oh-tuh-siz-uhm]
noun
the conversion of other vowel sounds, especially in Modern Greek, into (ē), the sound of iota.

Origin:
1650–60; < Late Latin iōtacismus < Greek iōtakismós. See iota, -ac, -ism

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iotacism (aɪˈəʊtəˌsɪzəm)
 
n
a tendency of vowels and diphthongs, esp in Modern Greek, to acquire the pronunciation of the vowel iota ()

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