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Meaning of coarticulation

co•ar•tic•u•la•tion

Pronunciation: (kō"är-tik"yu-lā'shun), [key]
— n. Phonet.
  1. concomitance of articulation, as in fro, ostensibly a succession of three discrete sounds but physically a single articulation (f-) blending into a coarticulation (-fr-), which blends into an articulation (-r-), which blends into a coarticulation (-ro-), which blends into an articulation (-o).
  2. Also calledthe movement during the articulation of a given sound of one or more articulators not directly involved in producing the sound.
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