Meaning of gemination in English:


Pronunciation /dʒɛmɪˈneɪʃ(ə)n/



See geminate

‘This item was recorded with gemination, but the precise status of gemination in the language is not easy to determine.’
  • ‘Because gemination is common in Dravidian languages, double consonants in written English are often geminated: ‘sum-mer’ for summer and ‘sil-lee’ for silly.’
  • ‘He also brings up some unexpected intrusions of gemination, asking how it happened that "the Italian word ‘regata’ entered English as ‘regatta’."’
  • ‘In another good example of orthographic gemination, I was just reading something that contained the well-attested spelling ‘dissapointed’, which also seems to partake of the feeling of a zero-sum transfer of doubling.’
  • ‘In a slight twist to our discussion of orthographic gemination, I found myself mis-spelling ‘emporer’.’