AskDefine | Define lallation

Dictionary Definition

lallation

Noun

1 defective articulation of the `l' phoneme or the phoneme `r' is pronounced as `l'
2 gibberish resembling the sounds of a baby [syn: babble, babbling]

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English

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. the incorrect pronunciation of the letter "r" so that it sounds like an "l"
  2. baby-talk or gibberish

Extensive Definition

A Lallation is an imperfect enunciation of the letter "r", in which it sounds like "l", as frequently found in infantile speech.
The speech pattern has been particularly associated with the use of the English language by Chinese people and Japanese people. The use of lallation has thus been a common feature of Western stereotypes of Oriental people.

References

lallation in Breton: Lalladur
lallation in Italian: Lallazione
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