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Simultaneously labial and velar, as (kw) in quick.
A labiovelar sound.
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(ˌleɪbɪəʊˈviːlə) phonetics
(Phonetics & Phonology) relating to or denoting a speech sound pronounced with simultaneous articulation at the soft palate and the lips
(Phonetics & Phonology) a labiovelar speech sound, such as some pronunciations of the consonant spelt q in English
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(ˌleɪ bi oʊˈvi lər)
1. (of a speech sound) articulated with simultaneous bilabial and velar articulations, as the sound (w).
2. a labiovelar speech sound.
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A. ADJlabiovelar
B. Nlabiovelar f
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This was a less happy proposal, and I have proposed instead labiovelars. Again this must be extended back to the Qieyun and to Old Chinese, where I now believe one also needs to reconstruct an additional class of palato-labiovelar endings.
I assume that in the Qieyun it was a labiovelar glide, w, which only occurred before the high vowels -i- and -u- and which was lost before the resulting -i- or -y- (Pulleyblank 1984: 164-67).
I agree with the author that the labiovelars are phonemic and did not necessarily develop "from plain velar consonants in the presence of rounded vowels o, u." Cushitic influence should not be excluded.