vowel vs consonant

vowel

Definitions

noun

  1. a speech sound made with the vocal tract open
  2. a letter of the alphabet standing for a spoken vowel

Examples

He and Barton were now called upon for their names, and in return, we were favoured with the liquid and vowelly appellatives, by which our ingenuous and communicative acquaintances were respectively designated.

Italian is rich in broad open vowels and liquid consonants.

Because the learner has become competent with the short vowels, consonants, and consonant blends, he or she can now concentrate on mastering the long-vowel spelling forms.

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consonant

Definitions

adjective

  1. involving or characterized by harmony
  2. in keeping

noun

  1. a letter of the alphabet standing for a spoken consonant
  2. a speech sound that is not a vowel

Examples

Italian is rich in broad open vowels and liquid consonants.

A slight aspirate preceding and modifying the sibilant, which is, however, the stronger of the two consonants; _e.g. hsing_ = _hissing_ without the first _i_,

Because the learner has become competent with the short vowels, consonants, and consonant blends, he or she can now concentrate on mastering the long-vowel spelling forms.

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