Uvular (definition)

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A uvular sound is a consonant produced by moving the back of the tongue to touch or approach the uvula. These sounds are considered dorsal because of their backness in the vocal tract. A classic example of a uvular sound is French “r”. However, there are no uvular sounds in Gaelic or English.

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  • Crystal, David. (1997) A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics. Oxford, UK: Blackwell.
  • Ladefoged, D. (2010) A Course in Phonetics. 6th Edition. Wadsworth Publishing.