One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The creation of an ingressive airstream in the mouth by use of tongue contact with the velum, used to make clicks.Contrasted with pulmonic airstream
- ‘This so-called velaric airstream mechanism is always ingressive (the air is sucked in) and can only be used for stops and affricates.’
- ‘The sounds produced by velaric airstream are called clicks.’
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