Coronal (definition)

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Coronal sounds are those made when the tongue comes into contact with or approaches any place in the front of the vocal tract between the teeth and the hard palate. These sounds are normally made with the tip or blade of the tongue. The term refers to the set of consonants that includes the dental, alveolar sounds, and postalveolar consonants. This class of consonants is distinct from labial and dorsal sounds that involve different parts of the vocal tract and different parts of the tongue.

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