Nasalization (definition)

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The phenomena 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). In Gaelic this is sometimes an effect of assimilation, where vowels and other sounds become nasal because they are near other nasal sounds. More controversially, it is a marginal initial consonant mutation.

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