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. Approximants are sometimes called "frictionless continuants".
- "continuant" in Bussamann, Routledge dictionary of language and linguistics, 1996
- "approximant" in Crystal, A dictionary of linguistics and phonetics, 6th ed, 2008
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