Phonological Changes and their Effect on Semantic Changes

Abstract

Phonological changes are one of the causes of semantic changes. Words are usually linked with specific meaning in our minds. Any Changes in their pronunciations will definitely result in partial or complete changes in their meanings. The current paper tackles phonological changes in two sections. Section one deals with phonological changes in general, their definition, and their causes. Section two sheds light on the consequences of such semantic changes. The paper cites a number of words which witnessed phonological changes, which in turn led to semantic changes, as phonological changes usually lead to changes in the forms of words without changing the meaning of the words. Hence the current paper tackles those cases in which phonological changes led to semantic changes.