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    What are sonorants?



    Hello,

    I've read sonorants are nasals, liquids, glides, others have suggested they include approximants, taps and trills and some suggest they're also vowels and vocoids.

    Does anyone know once and for all what a sonorant is?

    A very phonetically challenged girl needs help!

    Thank you!!

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    Re: What are sonorants?

    Quote Originally Posted by phoneticallychallenged View Post


    Hello,

    I've read sonorants are nasals, liquids, glides, others have suggested they include approximants, taps and trills and some suggest they're also vowels and vocoids.

    Does anyone know once and for all what a sonorant is?

    A very phonetically challenged girl needs help!

    Thank you!!
    Not me, I'm afraid. Opinions and definitions differ. The word 'sonorant', at bottom, just means 'making a noise'; so some people include vowels in with the rest, others include approximants, and so on (all the ones you've listed).

    This article (which I guess you've read) seems fairly definite: Sonorant - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - but as you say, there are differing opinions. Sorry

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