Definition of velarization in English:


(also velarisation)


  • [mass noun] A secondary articulation involving movement of the back of the tongue towards the velum.

    • ‘Common secondary articulations are labialisation, palatalisation, velarisation and pharyngealisation.’
    • ‘These are consonants that are pronounced with the root of the tongue retracted, with varying degrees of pharyngealization and velarisation.’
    • ‘In Russian velarized stops contrast with palatalized ones, and velarization is also contrastive in Irish.’
    • ‘The velarization is only explained structurally, and neither physiological nor historico-social explanation is possible.’
    • ‘Strong velarisation of certain consonant groups, especially of the cluster ‘cl’, which is typical of most Irish dialects, has only been noted sporadically.’