Historical Linguistics. one of several hypothetical phonemes assumed to have existed in Proto-Indo-European and to have been lost in most later Indo-European languages after having modified some contiguous consonants and vowels.
[luh-ring-guh l] /ləˈrɪŋ gəl/ Show IPA.
Origin 1785–95; < Neo-Latinlarynge(us) of, pertaining to the larynx (see laryng-, -eous) + -al1
Related forms laryngeally, adverb postlaryngal, adjective postlaryngeal, adjective sublaryngal, adjective sublaryngeal, adjective sublaryngeally, adverb superlaryngeal, adjective superlaryngeally, adverb