Labial (definition)

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A labial is a sound made by articulating the lips.

  • the labial sounds of English are [w, p, b, m, f, v]
  • the labial sounds of Gaelic are [w, p, pʰ, m, f, v] represented by the spellings <bh/mh, b, p, m, f/ph, bh/mh> respectively.

See Also

External Links


  • Crystal, David. (1997) A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics. Oxford, UK: Blackwell.
  • Ladefoged, Peter (1993) A Course in Phonetics Third Edition. London: Harcourt Press.