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Encyclopedia > Voiceless consonant

In phonetics, a voiceless consonant is a consonant that does not have voicing. That is, it is produced without vibration of the vocal cords. Voiceless obstruent consonants are usually articulated more strongly than their voiced counterparts, because in voiced consonants, the energy used in pronunciation is split between the laryngeal vibration and the oral articulation. Phonetics (from the Greek word φωνή, phone = sound/voice) is the study of sounds (voice). ... Listen to this article · (info) This audio file was created from the revision dated 2005-07-20, and does not reflect subsequent edits to the article. ... Phoneticians define phonation as use of the laryngeal system to generate an audible source of acoustic energy, i. ... Laryngoscopic view of the vocal folds. ... In phonetics, an obstruent is a consonant sound formed by obstructing the airway. ...

The IPA diacritic for voicelessness is the under-ring, [  ̥]. The International Phonetic Alphabet. ...

Vowels may also be voiceless, usually allophonically. For example, the Japanese word sukiyaki is pronounced [su̥kijaki]. This may sound like [skijaki] to an English speaker, but the lips can be seen compressing for the [u̥]. Something very similar happens in English with words like peculiar and particular. In phonetics, an allophone is one of several similar phones that belong to the same phoneme. ...

For examples of voiceless vs. voiced sounds in English, see voiced consonant. A voiced consonant is a sound made as the vocal cords vibrate, as opposed to a voiceless consonant, where the vocal cords are relaxed. ...

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Voiceless postalveolar fricative - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (376 words)
The voiceless palato-alveolar fricative or domed postalveolar fricative is a type of consonantal sound, used in some spoken languages.
It is a central consonant, which means it is produced by allowing the airstream to flow over the middle of the tongue, rather than the sides.
The voiceless postalveolar fricative occurs in English, and it is the sound denoted by the letters 'sh' in shoe, the letters 'ssi' in passion, or the letters 'ti' in donation.
Voiceless dental plosive - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (401 words)
Its phonation type is voiceless, which means it is produced without vibrations of the vocal cords.
It is a central consonant, which means it is produced by allowing the airstream to flow over the center of the tongue, rather than the sides.
The voiceless dental plosive does not occur in English, at least as spoken by native speakers, but is similar to the sound of the letter 't', except the tongue is touching the back of the teeth and not the alveolar ridge.
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