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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 Marc L. Greenberg. Consulted online on 10 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-6229_ESLO_COM_032155>
First published online: 2020



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