Definition of postvocalic in English:



  • (of a speech sound) occurring immediately after a vowel.

    ‘With the exception of the Southern states, eastern New England, and New York City, pronunciation is rhotic, postvocalic /r/ being pronounced in such words as part, four, motor.’
    • ‘Like many features investigated by sociolinguists, the pronunciation of postvocalic /r/ shows a geographically as well as socially significant distribution.’
    • ‘The traditional account was that loss of postvocalic /r/ in England was a 17th and 18th century phenomenon.’
    • ‘It seemed to be entirely devoid of postvocalic /r/, but he didn't have any other features of r-less dialects.’



/ˌpōs(t)vōˈkalik/ /ˌpoʊs(t)voʊˈkælɪk/