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laminal Syllabification: lam·i·nal
Pronunciation: /ˈlamənl/

Definition of laminal in English:


(Of a consonant) formed with the blade of the tongue touching the alveolar ridge (e.g., n, s, t).
Example sentences
  • The blade is immediately behind the tip, lies opposite the alveolar ridge of the upper mouth when the tongue is in a state of rest, and sounds made with the blade are laminal.


Phonetics Back to top  
A laminal sound.
Example sentences
  • Consonants articulated with the blade of the tongue (laminals) in Australian Aboriginal languages come in two (at least) varieties: those with dental or interdental closure (th, nh) and those with alveopalatal closure (ñ, c).


1950s: from lamina + -al.

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