Dental (definition)

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Dental sounds involve the upper front teeth during their articulation. Because teeth cannot be moved, dental sounds are normally broken down into narrower categories that delineate whether the lips or the tongue comes in contact with the teeth during a sound's articulation. Interdental sounds like [θ, ð] require the speaker to slip their tongue in between both sets of teeth; labiodental sounds like [f, v] are created when the lower lip comes to rest underneath the row of upper teeth. Although they map to alveolar sounds in English, <t, d> as they appear in Gaelic are dental.

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  • Crystal, David. (1997) A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics. Oxford, UK: Blackwell.
  • Ladefoged, Peter (1993) A Course in Phonetics Third Edition. London: Harcourt Press.