labialization

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labialize +‎ -ation

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labialization (plural labializations)

  1. (linguistics) A secondary articulatory feature of usually consonants that involves the contraction or rounding of the labia during pronunciation.
    • 1935, Bernard Bloch, American Speech:
      These labialized stops are of course nothing but positionally determined allophones of the [t] and the [k] phoneme, and their labialization is non-distinctive

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