1. Preceding a vowel.
2. Of or relating to a form of a linguistic element, such as a suffix, prefix, or word, that occurs only before a vowel.


(Grammar) (of a consonant) coming immediately before a vowel
ˌprevoˈcalically adv


(ˌpri voʊˈkæl ɪk)

immediately preceding a vowel.
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g) Nasals Intervocalic plosives > Prevocalic plosives > Postvocalic plosives (example: compare [aba] with [ba] with [ab].
For example, a stop is clearer in prevocalic position than postvocalic regarding its release burst.
Amapu (God) begins with a soft a, whereas 'amapu (shell) begins with a prevocalic glottal stop.
prevocalic v has a w sound, as in "way" prevocalic I has a y sound as in "yes" prevocalic ci has a sh sound as in "shop" a followed by a doubled consonant has the short u sound as in "tub.
These features included single prevocalic consonants, such as /k/, /t/, and /r/, and consonant digraphs, such as [wh], [wr], and [ck].
Specifically, the stimuli target words had prevocalic voiced consonants which induced almost identical rising F0 perturbations for both high and low tone words.
One day the noted Uyghur troublemaker, Al Mar-Fuad showed up in English hunting tweeds and a deerstalker cap turned sideways, with a sort of ultimatum in which one might just detect that difficulty with the prevocalic r typical of the British upper class.
1) In the first volume of Studia Anglica Posnaniensia, the editor contributed a piece on prevocalic consonant clusters in the history of English, including, of course, Old English.
1 = Syllable Omission; 2 = Consonant Sequence Omission; 3 = Prevocalic Singleton Omission; 4 = Postvocalic Singleton Omission; 5 = Strident Deficiencies; 6 = Velar Obstruent Deficiencies; 7 = Liquid(1) Deficiencies; 8 = Liquid Deficiencies; 9 = Nasal Deficiencies; 10 = Glide Deficiencies.
There are prevocalic and preconsonantal allomorphs of the ergative markers.
Livonian prosody is unique among the Uralic languages in contrasting at the same time (a) short and long monophthongs, diphthongs, and triphthongs, (b) prevocalic single and geminate consonants and word-final short and long consonants, and (c) lexical tones (at least the plain tone and the broken tone or stod) in stressed stem-initial syllables and in using (d) different coda weight to multiply the number of possible sound patterns.
cedo 'give here'), that the second-person singular active aorist imperative did not end in *-dhi, I note that Warren Cowgill treated the Greek forms as prevocalic sandhi developments of *[theta] [memberof] [theta] i and * respectively, paralleling [pi][rho][omicron][section] from *[pi][rho][omicron][tau]i.