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coarticulation

[koh-ahr-tik-yuh-ley-shuh n] /ˌkoʊ ɑrˌtɪk yəˈleɪ ʃən/
noun, Phonetics
1.
concomitance of articulation, as in fro, ostensibly a succession of three discrete sounds but physically a single articulation (f-) blending into a coarticulation (-fr-), which blends into an articulation (-r-), which blends into a coarticulation (-ro-), which blends into an articulation (-o).
2.
Also called secondary articulation. the movement during the articulation of a given sound of one or more articulators not directly involved in producing the sound.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; co- + articulation
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