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What is a continuant?

 

Definition
 

A continuant is a sound produced with an incomplete closure of the vocal tract.

Discussion
 

All vowels and fricatives are continuants.

Antonym
  The antonym of a continuant is
 

stop.

Source
 

Crystal 1991:80


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