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What is a consonant?

 

Definition
 

A consonant is a sound made by a partial or complete closure of the vocal tract.

Discussion
 

A consonant is produced by an interaction between a passive articulator and an active articulator. The active articulator is brought into contact with or in close proximity to the passive articulator.

 

Here are the two parameters for identifying consonants:

 
 

The production of consonants can be modified. For more information,

 
See:

What is a consonant modification?

See also
 

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