Definitions for lallationlæˈleɪ ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

lal•la•tionlæˈleɪ ʃən(n.)

  1. a speech defect in which l is pronounced instead of r, or in which an l-sound is mispronounced.

    Category: Phonetics

Origin of lallation:

1640–50; < L lallā(re) to sing lala or lullaby + -tion

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lallation(noun)

    defective articulation of the `l' phoneme or the phoneme `r' is pronounced as `l'

  2. babble, babbling, lallation(noun)

    gibberish resembling the sounds of a baby


  1. lallation(Noun)

    the incorrect pronunciation of the letter "r" so that it sounds like an "l"

  2. lallation(Noun)

    baby-talk or gibberish

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lallation(noun)

    an imperfect enunciation of the letter r, in which it sounds like l


  1. Lallation

    A lallation is an imperfect enunciation of the letter "L", in which it sounds like "R", as frequently found in infantile speech. The speech pattern has been particularly associated with the use of the Portuguese, Spanish and English languages by Chinese, Korean, and Japanese people. The use of lallation has thus been a common feature of Western stereotypes of East Asian people.


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