Pharyngealization

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In phonetics, the term pharyngealization denotes a secondary articulation, whereby the root of the tongue is retracted towards the back wall of the pharynx.

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“Pharyngealization, where the root of the tongue is drawn back towards the back wall of the pharynx (or alternatively where the constrictor muscles of the pharynx reduce its diameter), gives a very similar auditory effect as a secondary articulation to that of valarization.” (Laver 1994:326-327)

Reference

  • Laver, John. 1994. Principles of phonetics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
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