Definition of velarization in English:


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


[mass noun] Phonetics
  • A secondary articulation involving movement of the back of the tongue towards the velum.
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    • 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.



(also velarise) verb
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  • 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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