Bilabial (definition)

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Bilabial sounds are a narrower class of labial sounds that require the use of both lips. The bilabial sounds of English include [p, b, m]; the bilabial sounds of Gaelic are [p, pʰ, m], represented by the spellings <b, p, m>, respectively. The previous examples are all stops, but bilabial sounds can have other manners of articulation as well.

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  • Ladefoged, D. (2010) A Course in Phonetics. 6th Edition. Wadsworth Publishing.