Obstruant (definition)

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An obstruent is a sound that is made with complete or considerable obstruction the the vocal tract. Groups of sounds considered to be obstruents are stops, affricates and fricatives. An example of a obstruent would be the fricative f and stops “p” and “t.” Obstruents stand in opposition to sonorants

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