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    My teacher has advised me not to use "lips" in linguistic studies but she didn't state which instead of lips I must use. So here I have come for you to get a help. Please if someone knows, give me a word for lips, that could be used or fits in linguistic studies.

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    Default Re: lips

    Quote Originally Posted by UM Chakma View Post
    My teacher has advised me not to use "lips" in linguistic studies but she didn't state which instead of lips I must use. So here I have come for you to get a help. Please if someone knows, give me a word for lips, that could be used or fits in linguistic studies.
    Give us an example of "using lips" or what does your teacher suggest..

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    Default Re: lips

    Well, the articulators of the consonant sounds like P and B are both the upper lip and the lower lip. Here my teacher advised me that lips are not suitable in linguistic studies. As I remember, she once has said 'bilabial". But bilabial is not a noun. it's an adjective used as "bilabial sounds/alphabets".
    Last edited by UM Chakma; 03-Aug-2013 at 18:30. Reason: corrected punctuation

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    Default Re: lips

    Quote Originally Posted by UM Chakma View Post
    Well, the articulators of the consonant sounds like P and B are both the upper lip and the lower lip. Here my teacher advised me that lips are not suitable in linguistic studies. As I remember, she once has said 'bilabial". But bilabial is not a noun. it's an adjective used as "bilabial sounds/alphabets".
    Hello, UK Chakma.

    Well, a 'bilabial' is a speech sound made by using both lips. bilabial - Definition and pronunciation | Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary at OxfordLearnersDictionaries.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by UM Chakma View Post
    Well, the articulators of the consonant sounds like P and B are both the upper lip and the lower lip. Here my teacher advised me that lips are not suitable in linguistic studies. As I remember, she once has said 'bilabial". But bilabial is not a noun. it's an adjective used as "bilabial sounds/alphabets".
    What do you mean by "bilabial alphabets"?

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    Actually not bilabial alphabets. I meant bilabial sounds. Look at this sentence "The Articulators of bilabial sounds are both upper and lower lips". Here my techer said that lips are not suitable words. So what do I use?

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    Default Re: lips

    Quote Originally Posted by UM Chakma View Post
    Actually not bilabial alphabets. I meant bilabial sounds. Look at this sentence "The Articulators of bilabial sounds are both upper and lower lips". Here my techer said that lips are not suitable words. So what do I use?
    You could try 'labia' (plural); 'labium' (singular), which is technically correct. Let's know how it goes.
    - labium superius oris (upper oral lip) and labium inferius oris (lower oral lip)
    Last edited by Raymott; 04-Aug-2013 at 05:59.

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    Be careful with your use of "labia" outside pronunciation forums.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: lips

    I missed the word you gave. About four hours ago, I had a linguistic exam. But just now I saw your word. Oh! by the way. I also checked "labia" in dictionary. It has another meaning; i.e. Folds on the outside of the female sex organs.

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    Default Re: lips

    Quote Originally Posted by UM Chakma View Post
    I missed the word you gave. About four hours ago, I had a linguistic exam. But just now I saw your word. Oh! by the way. I also checked "labia" in dictionary. It has another meaning; i.e. Folds on the outside of the female sex organs.
    Yes, we know that. That is why Barb told you to be careful with its usage outside of pronunciation contexts.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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