Fricative (definition)

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A fricative is a consonant produced by having a very narrow opening for air to escape through, causing the friction noise.

  • fricative sounds in English are [f,v,s,z,ʒ,ʃ,θ,ð].
  • fricative sounds in Gaelic are [f,v,s,ʃ,ç,ʝ,x,ɣ].

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