Sonorant is a term used to describe liquids, nasals, and glides. These sounds are all produced with a free airflow that lacks turbulence and has voicing. Sonorant sounds are singable sounds- they can carry a tone. These sounds contrast with obstruents which are characterized by an obstructed vocal tract.
In English [l, n, ɹ, m, ŋ, j, w] are all sonorant sounds.
- Liquid (definition)
- Nasal (definition)
- Glide (definition)
- Obstruant (definition)
- Manner of Articulation (definition)
- Sounds of Scottish Gaelic
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- Crystal, David. (1997) A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics. Oxford, UK: Blackwell.
- Crystal, David, (1999). The Penguin Dictionary of Language. London: Penguin.