One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a consonant) formed with the blade of the tongue touching the alveolar ridge (e.g., n, s, t).
- ‘The blade is immediately behind the tip, lies opposite the alveolar ridge of the upper mouth when the tongue is in a state of rest, and sounds made with the blade are laminal.’
A laminal sound.
- ‘Consonants articulated with the blade of the tongue (laminals) in Australian Aboriginal languages come in two (at least) varieties: those with dental or interdental closure (th, nh) and those with alveopalatal closure (ñ, c).’
1950s: from lamina + -al.
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