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Nasalization
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In order to discuss nasalization, one has to give a brief account of nasality. Both nasality and nasalization are natural properties of language. Nasality in speech, as opposed to orality, is a reflection of the physical position of the soft palate, or the velum. In this position, the posterior part of the velum, or the uvula, is lowered so as to keep the nasal cavity or specifically the velopharyngeal port open while pronouncing the nasal sounds. There are two basic nasal consonants in most lan…

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Muhammad Hasan Bakalla, “Nasalization”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 21 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_SIM_vol3_0092>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



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