Definitions for nasality
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a quality of the voice that is produced by nasal resonators
the state or quality of being nasal
the quality or state of being nasal
In normal speech, nasality is referred to as nasalization and is a linguistic category that can apply to vowels or consonants in a specific language. The primary underlying physical variable determining the degree of nasality in normal speech is the opening and closing of a velopharyngeal passageway between the oral vocal tract and the nasal vocal tract. In the normal vocal tract anatomy, this opening is controlled by lowering and raising the velum or soft palate, to open or close, respectively, the velopharyngeal passageway. In some types of abnormal speech, the term nasality, or more formally hypernasality, refers to an auditory impression about the speech, and is not a precise physical variable. Excess nasality is often observed in the speech of hearing impaired persons, who cannot adequately monitor this subtle characteristic of speech. It is also common with persons having a cleft palate, for whom another passage or passages may exist between the oral and nasal vocal tract, or distortion of the palate prevents or hinders an adequate velopharyngeal closure. Since nasality is a subtle characteristic of speech, it is sometimes not readily controlled in learning a foreign language or in child language learning.
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