What is gradation?

  • (noun): The act of arranging in grades.
    Synonyms: graduation
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on gradation:

Finnish Phonotactics - Consonants - Consonant Gradation
... "Consonant gradation" is the term used for a set of alternations which pervade the language, between a "strong grade" and a "weak grade" ... Consonant gradation appears as degemination in case of the geminates and as a change to an homorganic consonant for single plosives ... tavata "to meet" → tapaan "I meet" Because one of the triggers for consonant gradation is syllable structure, some exceptions in consonant ...

More definitions of "gradation":

  • (noun): A degree of ablaut.
    Synonyms: grade
  • (noun): Relative position in a graded series.
    Synonyms: step

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