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Note that [p] is voiceless and [b] and [m] are voiced. Alternatively, the lower lip can make contact with the upper teeth to produce a labiodental sound. [f] and [v] are labiodentals. Japanese has a bilabial fricative (IPA [∏] instead of [f ]). This sound, as in the native Japanese pronunciation of futon, is made by blowing through pursed lips, the same motion as blowing out a candle. The lower lip is rather limited in the places at which it can make a constriction. The tongue front is the most versatile of the active articulators, moving to at least four different places of articulation.

The payoff for the risk of a larynx located low in the throat is an open area at the back of the mouth, the pharynx. The pharynx allows the tongue freedom for front and back movement. Other mammals, including nonhuman primates, have the larynx high up at the back of the mouth, connected to the nasal passages. Because they have no pharynx, chimps could never learn to talk. ) Inside the mouth itself, there are many different structures – active articulators and passive articulators – that we use to shape speech sounds as the air passes through the vocal tract.

6 Syllable structure for the word print t How many syllables are in the word Appalachicola? Massachusetts? Antidisestablishmentarianism? ) English speakers have little trouble counting the number of syllables in a word, but linguists have a harder time defining what a syllable is. ” Most of the syllables we encounter in English, in words like pin, print, or even sprints, fit this definition. However, it’s perfectly possible to have a syllable without a vowel. We would all agree that hidden has two syllables, even if pronounced [hIdn], with no vowel between the two consonants.

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