Alveolar (definition)

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An alveolar consonant is a sound made by the tongue touching the alveolar ridge, the bony ridge behind the upper teeth and in front of the palate.

  • the alveolar consonants of English are [t, d, s, z, l, ɹ, n]
  • the alveolar consonants of Gaelic are [n, s, l, r, ɾ]

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References

  • Crystal, David. (1997) A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics. Oxford, UK: Blackwell.
  • Ladefoged, Peter (1993) A Course in Phonetics Third Edition. London: Harcourt Press.