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I don't remember Russian having any velarized consonants. I'm deleting Russian as an example here until someone proves me wrong. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:02, 12 February 2008 (UTC)

The "hard" consonants of Russian are velarized. —Angr If you've written a quality article... 05:17, 12 February 2008 (UTC)

Some examples perhaps?[edit]

Could some one add some examples to the artical? Im not the one to do this. Or maybe you could just give me some examples here.--Mollgaardm (talk) 01:06, 13 February 2008 (UTC)

There are some examples from English in the last paragraph, but if you speak a dialect that has only dark L or only light L in all positions, they probably won't mean much to you. —Angr If you've written a quality article... 05:05, 13 February 2008 (UTC)
Some examples other than just 'l' would be nice, too. - sik0fewl (talk) 07:42, 18 April 2009 (UTC)
i thirdfourth these sentiments. to a non-linguist, this article is pretty much *whoosh*. a few nice "l as in the word x" examples would do wonders, and i've tagged the article appropriately. --Kaini (talk) 20:02, 24 April 2009 (UTC)
There are examples in the last paragraph. I've merged the 3rd-to-last paragraph into it to make clearer that they talk about the same case, and also added more examples. Too bad that they still all involve velarization of /l/ - making use of this feature is not common in the world's languages. The UCLA Phonological Segment Inventory Database includes only 13 languages with phonemic velarized consonants, and the only cases with something other than dark l are the alreddy listed Irish and Russian; a few of Khoisan languages, quite extraordinary even in other respects; an Athabaskan /tʰ/ ([tˣ]) example; secondary velarization in Yukaghir /r/; and one case of misplaced /w/. I don't recall offhand any languages missing in the sample, either.
/w/ and English /r/ could serve as phonetical examples, likewise retroflex consonants in a few languages (I've a paper on this I could cite), but without a contrast, it may be difficult to transmit the information correctly.--Trɔpʏliʊmblah 11:10, 25 April 2009 (UTC)
some audio examples would be splendid if they could be found, when i think about it. there's a lot of spoken-word gaelic poetry in the public domain, for example --Kaini (talk) 12:52, 25 April 2009 (UTC)

Voiceless velarization?[edit]

This article only seems to deal with voiced velarization (i.e. gamma superscript). Can we get some info about, for example, Lakhota voiceless velarization? Kielbasa1 (talk) 10:47, 25 November 2012 (UTC)

The symbol does not imply voicing, no more than ‹ʲ› or ‹ʷ› do. Something like "/tˣ/" is basically shorthand for /tʰˠ/ (as velarized aspiration is basically [x̞] & can also be realized as [x], much like how [hʲ] = [ç˕] ≈ [ç]). Lakhota would still probably make a good example of a language that has velarization of a voiceless segment in particular… --Trɔpʏliʊmblah 18:34, 25 November 2012 (UTC)

Other languages that have this distinction in some form include[edit]

Include... what? Tell me! — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:10, 27 March 2017 (UTC)

I will agree that the formatting was challenging to follow. I fixed it to the best of my ability, but it still is imperfect. Is it at least clearer?LakeKayak (talk) 14:49, 27 March 2017 (UTC)