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- (New Zealand, UK, Ireland, Australia) IPA(key): /vəʊk(ə)lʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
- (US) IPA(key): /voʊk(ə)l(a)ɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
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) The vowel diacritics in Hebrew and Arabic, which are not normally written, but which are used in dictionaries, children's books, religious texts and textbooks for learners.
- (linguistics) The 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 dialects of English in the US, UK, and the Southern Hemisphere. For example, in African American Vernacular English, one 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