Places of articulation

definition: bilabial definition: labiodental definition: interdental definition: dental definition: alveolar definition: retroflex definition: palato-alveolar definition: palatal definition: velar definition: uvular definition: glottal

Diagram of the places of articulation

Green underlined words are links to definitions.

The active[1] articulator in all these places of articulation is some part of the tongue, except for bilabials and labiodentals (whose active articulator is the lower lip) and glottals (which have just one articulator, the glottis).

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(Part of the Electronic glossary of linguistic terms
by J. Albert Bickford and David Tuggy)