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    Consonants

    Hi!

    Could you tell me, how many voiced and voiceless consonants are in English?

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    Re: Consonants

    Is this homework?

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    Re: Consonants

    No, it is not a homework, but i can not find its answer so i asked here if any of you could help me to find the answer.

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    Re: Consonants

    Quote Originally Posted by Delija View Post
    No, it is not a homework, but I cannot find its the answer, so I asked here if any of you could help me to find the answer.
    A quick search on Google turned up the following:

    http://www.pronunciationtips.com/voiced.htm
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 18-Jan-2017 at 21:50. Reason: Fixed typo

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    Re: Consonants

    Thank you Teacher, you really helped me , i am very grateful to you.

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    Re: Consonants

    Quote Originally Posted by Delija View Post
    Thank you Teacher, you really helped me. I am very grateful to you.
    You're welcome, but in future, just click Like/Thank. You don't need to write a separate post for that.

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    Re: Consonants

    Delija, remember to capitalise the word "I" every time you write/type it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

    Re: Consonants

    Just a note that the answer is going to vary depend upon the variety of English spoken. The page cited in teechar's post suggests 39 sounds, which seems a bit low - I've always heard it expressed as around 41-44 sounds.

    The number of consonants is pretty stable between variants at 24, but it's the vowels which range from 15-21 sounds by variant. The exact number of voiced/voiceless consonants may fluctuate a bit by variant as well.

    This Wikipedia entry breaks down the numbers in a bit more detail by variant.

    As an example, even in just AmE, there's variety in the number of vowels. Some speakers of AmE may hear the words 'Don' and 'Dawn' as the same vowel sound, while others hear them as two distinct sounds. The same goes for 'cot' and 'caught'. Speakers of the Western US English variant don't differentiate between the two sounds.

    I personally can't distinguish any difference between the two pairs, so my English is going to have at least one less vowel sound than those who hear them as two separate sounds.

    That's just one example from one variant of English. I'd imagine there are similar regional varieties for any given variant of English.
    Last edited by Skrej; 21-Jan-2017 at 21:39. Reason: spelling typo
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