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may be divided into two large classes, obstruents and sonorants.
An obstruent is a consonant
sound formed by obstructing outward airflow, causing
increased air pressure in the vocal tract.
Obstruents are those articulations in which there
is a total closure or a stricture causing friction,
both groups being associated with a noise component; in
this class there is a distinctive opposition between voiceless
Obstruents are subdivided into stops,
Obstruents are prototypically voiceless,
though voiced obstruents are common. This contrasts with
which are rarely voiceless.
Published - November 2008