Nasalization (definition)

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Nasalization is a phenomenon in which a consonant or vowel becomes nasalized, a process where the velum is lowered so that air is forced through the nose instead of the mouth. This is sometimes viewed as an effect of assimilation, where vowels and other sounds take on nasal qualities because of their proximity to other nasal sounds. More controversially, it is a marginal initial consonant mutation which is also called 'eclipsis.'

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