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An alveolar consonant is a consonant with the tongue close to the , which is the part just behind our teeth. Alveolar consonants that are pronounced with the tip of the tongue, like in English, are called while those pronounced using the blade of the tongue which is the flat part of the tongue behind the tip, are called . Alveolar consonants in English are and. The alveolar consonants the , and the , are the most common sounds in human languages.

Alveolar consonants in IPA

The alveolar/coronal consonants identified by the IPA are:

IPA Description Example
Language Orthography IPA Meaning in English
Xsampa-n.png English run [ɹʷʌn] run
Xsampa-t.png English tap [tʰæp] tap
Xsampa-d.png English debt [dɛt] debt
Xsampa-s.png English suit [sjuːt] suit
Xsampa-z.png English zoo [zuː] zoo
Xsampa-ts.png voiceless alveolar affricate German Zeit [t͡saɪt] time
Xsampa-dz.png voiced alveolar affricate Italian zaino d͡zaino] backpack
Xsampa-K2.png voiceless alveolar lateral fricative Welsh Llwyd [ɬʊɪd] the name Lloyd or Floyd
Xsampa-Kslash.png voiced alveolar lateral fricative Zulu dlala ɮálà] to play
t͡ɬ voiceless alveolar lateral affricate Tsez элIни [ˈʔɛ̝t͡ɬni] winter
d͡ɮ voiced alveolar lateral affricate Oowekyala
Xsampa-rslash2.png alveolar approximant English red [ɹʷɛd] red
Xsampa-l.png alveolar lateral approximant English loop [lup] loop
Xsampa-4.png alveolar flap Spanish pero [peɾo] but
Xsampa-lslash.png alveolar lateral flap Venda [vuɺa] to open
Xsampa-r.png alveolar trill Spanish perro [pero] dog
IPA alveolar ejective.png alveolar ejective Georgian [ia] tulip
IPA alveolar ejective fricative.png alveolar ejective fricative Amharic [ɛɡa] grace
Xsampa-d lessthan.png voiced alveolar implosive Vietnamese đã [ɗɐː] Past tense indicator
Xsampa-doublebarslash.png alveolar lateral click Nama ǁî [kǁĩĩ] discussed

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Consonante alveolar para niños

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