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vocalization (plural vocalizations)
- The act of vocalizing or something vocalized; a vocal utterance
- Any specific mode of utterance; pronunciation
- The use of speech to express an idea
- (music) The production of musical sounds using the voice, especially as an exercise
- (orthography) In Arabic and Hebrew - supplying the vowels (diacritics), normally not written to show the correct pronunciation, used in dictionaries, children's books, religious texts and textbooks for learners. Arabic terms: tashkiil (تشكيل), taHriik (تحريك) - (action of supplying the vowel points) , also known as ḥarakāt (حركات — the singular is ḥaraka حركة) - (the diacritical marks), Hebrew term: ניקוד nikud.
- (linguistics) [change in pronunciation] of historically or variably consonant (typically sonorant) sounds as vowels. For example, the syllabic /l/ in words like people or the coda one in words like cold or coal are variably realized as a high back vowel or glide— [ʊ], [u], [ɤ] or [o]—in many English dialects in the US, UK, and the Southern Hemisphere. For example, in [African American English] the most common pronunciation of the words "people", "cold", and "coal" is [pʰipʊ], [kʰoɤd], or [kʰoɤ] respectively.
act of vocalizing or something vocalized
specific mode of utterance
production of musical sound
supplying the vowels (diacritics), e.g. Arabic and Hebrew