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Merger of Alveolar and Dental Fricatives and Affricates (Mazurism)
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Mazurism – the term refers to the transformation of alveolar fricatives and affricates into the corresponding dental ones in Polish. Related phenomena also occur in numerous Slavic dialects.

Mazurism is the term used in Polish linguistics (mazurzenie [mɑzuʒɛɲe]) to refer to the phenomenon of the transformation of alveolar fricatives and affricates into the corresponding dental ones, e.g., Po czas ‘time’ [ʧɑs] > [ʦɑs], szary ‘grey’ [ʃɑrɨ] > [sɑrɨ], żaba [ʒɑbɑ] ‘frog’ > [zɑbɑ]. The term is infelicitous as it relates to a particular geographical region (Mazuria and…

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Sawicka, Irena, “Merger of Alveolar and Dental Fricatives and Affricates (Mazurism)”, in: Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics Online, Editor-in-Chief University of Kansas General Editor University of Chicago Associate Editors University of Kansas Brown University University of Amsterdam University of Warsaw University of Zagreb University of Mainz Stockholm University Marc L. Greenberg, Lenore A. Grenoble, Stephen M. Dickey, Masako Ueda Fidler, René Genis, Marek Łaziński, Anita Peti-Stantić, Björn Wiemer, Nadežda V. Zorixina-Nilsson. Consulted online on 03 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-6229_ESLO_COM_032155>
First published online: 2020



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