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What is the sonority scale?

 

Definition
 

The sonority scale is a list of phonetic segments showing the relative resonance of phonetic segments in relation to other segments.

 
Also known as:

The scale of consonantal strength

Discussion
 

Sonority is the resonance of a sound in relation to other sounds. A sonority scale shows the sonority of a sound in relation to other sounds.

Diagram
 

Here is a diagram that shows the relative sonority of different phones:

 
Source
 

Burquest and Payne 1993 101


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