pronounced with secondary labial articulation.
Why do sounds close to “mama” appear in so many languages?
Mother, maman, mommy, amma, mama, em, mum, mamma, mutter, mare, maty, ana . . . Across languages an uncanny pattern appears for the word “mother.” Why? Is it evidence of universal language? Is this evidence of sound symbolism at work, when a phoneme (sound) has meaning completely unto itself? If you are a linguist, baby talk is not a cute and meaning-lite semi-language used with …
Origin of labialized
verb (used with object), la·bi·al·ized, la·bi·al·iz·ing. Phonetics.
Also especially British, la·bi·al·ise.
Origin of labialize
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phonetics to pronounce with articulation involving rounded lips, such as for (k) before a close back vowel (uː) as in English cool
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