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Encyclopedia > Central consonant

A central or medial consonant is a consonant sound that is produced when air flows across the center of the mouth over the tongue.


Examples of central consonants are the voiceless velar plosive (the "k" in the English word "skin"), the voiced alveolar fricative (the "z" in the English word "zoo") and the alveolar nasal (the "n" in the English word "plan").


A consonant in which air flows along the sides of the tongue rather than over its center is a lateral consonant.


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NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Consonant (5782 words)
A consonant is a sound in spoken language that is characterized by a closure or stricture of the vocal tract sufficient to cause audible turbulence.
Glottal consonants are consonants articulated with the glottis.
Glottal Glottal consonants are consonants articulated with the glottis.
Approximant consonant - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (472 words)
Approximants are speech sounds that could be regarded as intermediate between vowels and typical consonants.
Therefore the IPA allows the symbols for the voiced fricatives to double for the central approximants, with or without a lowering diacritic.
Although many languages have central vowels [ɨ, ʉ] which lie between back/velar [ɯ, u] and front/palatal [i, y], there are no confirmed reports of corresponding approximants.
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