Sonorant (definition)

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Sonorant is a term used to describe liquids, nasals and glides. These sounds are all produced by a free airflow and positioning of the vocal cords so spontaneous voicing is possible. Sonorant sounds are singable sounds. In English [l, n, r, m, ŋ, y, w] are all sonorant sounds.

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References

  • Crystal, David. (1997) A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics. Oxford, UK: Blackwell.
  • Crystal, David, (1999). The Penguin Dictionary of Language. London: Penguin.