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Continuant

For the mathematical term, see continuant (mathematics).

A continuant is a speech sound produced with an incomplete closure of the oral vocal tract. Among consonants, there are two broad categories of continuants: fricatives and approximants.[1] Approximants are sometimes called "frictionless continuants".[2]

Compare sonorant (resonant), which includes approximants and nasals but not fricatives. Both terms technically include vowels, but are frequently restricted to the context of consonants.

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Source

  1. ^ "continuant" in Bussamann, Routledge dictionary of language and linguistics, 1996
  2. ^ "approximant" in Crystal, A dictionary of linguistics and phonetics, 6th ed, 2008

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