Voice in Phonetics (definition)

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Voicing refers to whether or not the vocal cords are vibrating. Sounds like [m] are voiced, the vocal cords vibrate throughout its articulation. By contrast a sound like [s] is unvoiced or voiceless. In Gaelic the sounds that are voiced include [m, n, l, r, N, L, R, v, w, g, ɣ] and all the vowels. The voiceless sounds include [f, s, k, x]. The stop sounds of Gaelic do not contrast in voicing. Instead they contrast in aspiration (the sounds written as "p, t, c" are aspirated: [pʰ, tʰ, kʰ] or preaspirated [ʰp, ʰt, ᵡk]; the sounds written as b, d, g are unaspirated [p, t, k]

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