Glide (definition)

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Glides are represented with IPA consonantal symbols but are often thought of as semivowels. The sounds are modified by the placement of articulators in the vocal tract but are produced without frication. Glides like [w] and [j] can function as consonants or as part of diphthong (definition). The difference between semivowels and vowels is in their syllabification. Glides are also classified as sonorants because of their continuous, non-fricated airstreams.

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  • Crystal, David. (1997) A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics. Oxford, UK: Blackwell.