labialization

labialize

[ley-bee-uh-lahyz]
verb (used with object), labialized, labializing. Phonetics.
to give a labial character to (a sound), for example, to round (a vowel).
Also, especially British, labialise.


Origin:
1865–70; labial + -ize

labialization, noun
unlabialize, verb (used with object), unlabialized, unlabializing.
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labialize or labialise (ˈleɪbɪəˌlaɪz)
 
vb
phonetics to pronounce with articulation involving rounded lips, such as for () before a close back vowel () as in English cool
 
labialise or labialise
 
vb
 
'labialism or labialise
 
n
 
labiali'zation or labialise
 
n
 
labiali'sation or labialise
 
n

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labialization

in phonetics, the production of a sound with the lips rounded. Vowels, semivowels, and some consonants may be rounded. In English, examples of rounded vowels are o in "note," oo in "look," and the u sound in "rule" and "boot"; w in "well" is an example of a rounded semivowel.

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