Definition of velarization in English:

velarization

Line breaks: velar|iza¦tion
Pronunciation: /ˌviːlərʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n
 
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(also velarisation)

noun

[mass noun] Phonetics
A secondary articulation involving movement of the back of the tongue towards the velum.
More example sentences
  • In Russian velarized stops contrast with palatalized ones, and velarization is also contrastive in Irish.
  • Common secondary articulations are labialisation, palatalisation, velarisation and pharyngealisation.
  • The velarization is only explained structurally, and neither physiological nor historico-social explanation is possible.

Derivatives

velarize

(also velarise) verb
More example sentences
  • Phonetically speaking, slender consonants are generally palatalised, and broad consonants are velarised.
  • Non-palatal consonants are generally velarised, that is the tongue is not just in neutral position, but lowered to produce a more open oral cavity.
  • Also, the announcer in the promo is the first person I've ever heard who doesn't velarise the first ‘n’ in ‘penguin.’

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