Definition of articulator in English:


Line breaks: ar¦ticu|la¦tor
Pronunciation: /ɑːˈtɪkjʊleɪtə


  • 1A person who puts forward or expresses an idea: he is as good an articulator of his party’s message as they’ve had in a long time
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    • Probably the most famous articulator of the leisure gap is Arlie Hoschchild, who reported in ‘The Second Shift’ that the leisure gap between men and women in two-wage households worked out to an entire extra month of 24-hour days.
    • Bataille (anthropologist, philosopher and pornographer, a doyen of recent postmodern aestheticism and anti-rationalism) was perhaps the most powerful articulator of Kojève's pessimism in the face of the ‘death of man’.
    • Standish Michael Keon, Melbourne backbencher with a feline wit, was the chief parliamentary articulator of Santamaria's ‘threat from the north’ line, though not a Movement member.
  • 2Any of the vocal organs above the larynx, including the tongue, lips, teeth, and hard palate.
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    • Spoken language makes use of sound carried on out-breathed air from the lungs, which is modulated by articulators (tongue, lips, etc.) to produce the vocal repertoire of a natural language.
    • For labio-dental consonants, the active articulator is the lower lip.
    • Glides, such as j and w, which are produced by a rapid movement of the articulators, either from, or more commonly towards a vowel articulation, are also dependent.

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