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What is a contoid?

 

Definition
 

A contoid is a sound made with enough closure of the oral cavity to produce audible friction in the mouth.

 

It has the potential to be analyzed phonemically as a consonant.

Instances
 

Contoids are pronounced with different manners of articulation.

 

Here is a table showing examples of different manners of articulation for contoids:

 

Manner of articulation

Examples

Plosive (stops)

[p], [b], [d], [t], [k], [g]

Nasal

[m], [n], [ø], [N]

Flap

[R]

Trill

[r], [{]

Fricative (sibilant, spirant)

[B], [D], [T], [f], [v], [s], [z], [&u0278;], [h]

Affricate

[tS], [dZ]

Lateral

[l]

Liquid, approximant, semivowel

[&u0279;], [Ó], [j], [w]

See also
 

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