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[vee-luh-rahyz] /ˈvi ləˌraɪz/
verb (used with object), velarized, velarizing. Phonetics
to pronounce with velar articulation.
Also, especially British, velarise.
1930-35; velar + -ize
Related forms
velarization, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for velarization


(transitive) (phonetics) to pronounce or supplement the pronunciation of (a speech sound) with articulation at the soft palate, as in dark (l) in English tall
Derived Forms
velarization, velarisation, noun
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Encyclopedia Article for velarization

in phonetics, secondary articulation in the pronunciation of consonants, in which the tongue is drawn far up and back in the mouth (toward the velum, or soft palate), as if to pronounce a back vowel such as o or u. Velarization is not phonemic in English, although for most English speakers the l in "feel" is velarized, but the l in "leaf" is not. It is distinctive in some languages (e.g., Arabic). Velarized consonants may be distinguished from velar consonants, in which the primary articulation involves the back of the tongue and the velum; in velarized consonants there must always be some other primary articulation

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