Continuant

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A continuant is a speech sound produced with an incomplete closure of the oral vocal tract. Among consonants, there are two broad categories of continuants, fricatives and approximants.1 Approximants are sometimes called frictionless continuants. 2

Compare sonorant (or resonant), which includes approximants and nasals but not fricatives. Both terms technically include vowels, but are frequently restricted to the context of consonants.

See also

Source

  1. ^ "continuant" in Bussamann, Routledge dictionary of language and linguistics, 1996
  2. ^ "approximant" in Crystal, A dictionary of linguistics and phonetics, 6th ed, 2008







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