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When a speaker pronounces fricative consonants, parts of the mouth such as the teeth and bottom lip partiall block the flo! of air" It is as thou#h somethin# has obstructed the air flo!, and it is fi#htin# its !a out" A#ain, fricatives can be voiced or voiceless also" Some e$amples of fricative phonemes are the %f% and the %v% and the &theta' and the &eth'" The %f% and the %v% phonemes are called labio(dental fricatives" This means that the air comes throu#h the teeth and the lips" The pronunciation of the follo!in# !ords !ill #ive ou a better understandin# of the %f% phoneme, !hich is voiceless, and the %v%, !hich is voiced" far%van feel%veal fife%five Another set of fricative phonemes are the interdental fricatives" We alread kno! that there is an obstruction !ith the pronunciation of fricatives) this time the obstruction comes bet!een the teeth" These ma be more difficult to differentiate because this pair is identical in spellin#, *th*) ho!ever, the are different in pronunciation" +ere are some e$amples, thou#ht%the bath%bathe -ecause one can feel the vibration in the ton#ue !hen pronouncin# !orks such as *the* and *bathe,* !e kno! that the phoneme &eth' is voiced, and the &theta' is voiceless"

The production of this sound results from an obstruction of the air flo! at the alveolar rid#e. Instead of bein# located near or on the lips, the ton#ue is no! on the alveolar rid#e" T!o alveolar fricatives are the %s% phoneme, !hich is voiceless, and the voiced %0%" 1ronounce the follo!in# !ords and see if ou can find a difference,

bus%bu00 so%0oo sip%0ip

Fricative Consonant Sounds

A fricative consonant is characterised b a constant release of air s2uee0ed throu#h a ti#ht space bet!een t!o articulators &lips, ton#ue, teeth'" There are 3 voiceless fricatives &blue in the dia#ram' and 4 voiced fricatives &!hite in the dia#ram' in spoken En#lish" 5ost non(native speakers encounter problems !ith some of the fricative sounds, particularl voiced sounds at the end of !ords" The t!o 6 th 7 sounds are fricatives"

In Class We !ill learn the mouth positions for each fricative and the possible spellin#s in !ritten En#lish" We !ill practice chan#in# the voicing of each sound and place them in sentences and !ords" Suitable for An non(native speaker !ill find this class useful" Advanced level of spoken En#lish re2uired" E$tra 5aterials

Fricatives are consonants produced b forcin# air throu#h a narro! channel made b placin# t!o articulators close to#ether" These ma be the lo!er lip a#ainst the upper teeth, in the case of 8f9) the back of the ton#ue a#ainst the soft palate, in the case of :erman 8$9, the final consonant of Bach) or the side of the ton#ue a#ainst the molars, in the case of Welsh 89, appearin# t!ice in the name Llanelli. This turbulent airflo! is called frication" A particular subset of fricatives are the sibilants" When formin# a sibilant, one still is forcin# air throu#h a narro! channel, but in addition the ton#ue is curled len#th!ise to direct the air over the ed#e of the teeth" En#lish 8s9, 809, 89, and 89 are e$amples of this" T!o other terms are spirant and strident, but their usa#e is less standardi0ed" The former can be used s non mousl !ith *fricative*, or &as in e"#" ;ralic lin#uistics' to refer to non(sibilant fricatives onl " The latter can be used s non mousl !ith *sibilant*, but some authors include also labiodental and%or uvular fricatives in the class"


< Sibilant fricatives = Central non(sibilant fricatives > .ateral fricatives 4 S mbols used for both fricatives and appro$imants 3 1seudo(fricatives ? .an#ua#es @ See also A References B E$ternal links

[edit] Sibilant fricatives

8s9 voiceless coronal sibilant, as in En#lish sip 809 voiced coronal sibilant, as in En#lish zip 8s9 eCective coronal sibilant 8s 9 voiceless dental sibilant 80 9 voiced dental sibilant 8s 9 voiceless apical sibilant 80 9 voiced apical sibilant 8s 9 voiceless postalveolar sibilant &laminal' 80 9 voiced postalveolar sibilant &laminal' 89 voiceless palato(alveolar sibilant &domed, partiall palatali0ed', as in En#lish ship

89 voiced palato(alveolar sibilant &domed, partiall palatali0ed', as the s in En#lish vision 89 voiceless alveolo(palatal sibilant &laminal, palatali0ed' 89 voiced alveolo(palatal sibilant &laminal, palatali0ed' 89 voiceless retrofle$ sibilant &apical or subapical' 89 voiced retrofle$ sibilant &apical or subapical'

All sibilants are coronal, but ma be dental, alveolar, postalveolar, or palatal &retrofle$' !ithin that ran#e" +o!ever, at the postalveolar place of articulation, the ton#ue ma take several shapes, domed, laminal, or apical, and each of these is #iven a separate s mbol and a separate name" 1rotot pical retrofle$es are subapical and palatal, but the are usuall !ritten !ith the same s mbol as the apical postalveolars" The alveolars and dentals ma also be either apical or laminal, but this difference is indicated !ith diacritics rather than !ith separate s mbols"

[edit] Central non-sibilant fricatives

89 voiceless bilabial fricative 8D9 voiced bilabial fricative 8f9 voiceless labiodental fricative, as in En#lish fine 8v9 voiced labiodental fricative, as in En#lish vine 8E 9 voiceless lin#uolabial fricative 8F 9 voiced lin#uolabial fricative 8E9, 8E 9 voiceless dental fricative, as in En#lish thing 8F9, 8F 9 voiced dental fricative, as in En#lish that 8E 9, 8 9 Voiceless alveolar non(sibilant fricative 8F 9, 8 9 Voiced alveolar non(sibilant fricative 8r 9 voiceless trilled fricative 8r 9 voiced trilled fricative 8G9 voiceless palatal fricative 89 voiced palatal fricative 8$9 voiceless velar fricative 89 voiced velar fricative 89 voiceless palatal(velar fricative &articulation disputed' 8H9 voiceless uvular fricative 8I9 voiceless phar n#eal fricative 89 voiceless epi#lottal fricative

[edit] Lateral fricatives

89 voiceless coronal lateral fricative 89 voiced coronal lateral fricative 8 9 or 89 voiceless retrofle$ lateral fricative &also !ritten 8J9'

8 9 or 8 9 voiceless palatal lateral fricative &also 8J9' 8 9 voiceless velar lateral fricative &also 8J9' 8 9 voiced velar lateral fricative

The lateral fricative occurs as the ll of Welsh, as in .lo d, .le!el n, and the to!n of 5ach nlleth &8ma$KnE9', as the unvoiced LhlL and voiced LdlL or LdhlL in the several lan#ua#es of Southern Africa &such as Mhosa and Nulu', and in 5on#olian"

[edit] Symbols used for both fricatives and approximants

89 voiced uvular fricative 89 voiced phar n#eal fricative 89 voiced epi#lottal fricative

Oo lan#ua#e distin#uishes voiced fricatives from appro$imants at these places, so the same s mbol is used for both" For the phar n#eals and epi#lottals, appro$imants are more numerous than fricatives" A fricative reali0ation ma be specified b addin# the uptack to the letters, 8 , , 9" .ike!ise, the do!ntack ma be added to specif an appro$imant reali0ation, 8 , , 9" &The bilabial appro$imant and dental appro$imant do not have dedicated s mbols either and are transcribed in a similar fashion, 8D , F 9" +o!ever, the base letters are understood to specificall refer to the fricatives"'

[edit] Pseudo-fricatives

8h9 voiceless #lottal transition, as in En#lish hat 89 breath (voiced #lottal transition

In man lan#ua#es, such as En#lish, the #lottal *fricatives* are unaccompanied phonation states of the #lottis, !ithout an accompan in# manner, fricative or other!ise" +o!ever, in lan#ua#es such as Arabic, the are true fricatives"8<9 In addition, 89 is usuall called a *voiceless labial(velar fricative*, but it is actuall an appro$imant" True doubl (articulated fricatives ma not occur in an lan#ua#e) but see voiceless palatal(velar fricative for a putative &and rather controversial' e$ample"

[edit] Languages
H is not a fricative in En#lish &see %h%'" The other fricatives come in voiceless(voiced pairs, %f v, E F, s 0, %" ;b kh ma be the lan#ua#e !ith the most fricatives &=B not includin# %h%', some of !hich do not have #ood s mbols or diacritics in the I1A" This number actuall outstrips

the number of all consonants in En#lish &!hich has =4 consonants'" - contrast, appro$imatel A"@P of the !orldLs lan#ua#es displa no phonemic fricatives at all"8=9 This is a t pical feature of Australian Abori#inal lan#ua#es, !here the fe! fricatives that e$ist result from chan#es to plosives or appro$imants, but also occurs in some indi#enous lan#ua#es of Oe! :uinea and South America that have especiall small numbers of consonants" +o!ever, !hereas 8h9 is entirely unkno!n in indi#enous Australian lan#ua#es, most of the other lan#ua#es !ithout true fricatives do have 8h9 in their consonant inventor " Voicin# contrasts in fricatives are lar#el confined to Europe, Africa, and Western Asia" .an#ua#es of South and East Asia, such as the Qravidian and Austronesian lan#ua#es, t picall do not have such voiced fricatives as 809 and 8v9, !hich are ver familiar to European speakers" These voiced fricatives are also relativel rare in indi#enous lan#ua#es of the Americas" /verall, voicin# contrasts in fricatives are much rarer than in plosives, bein# found onl in about a third of the !orldLs lan#ua#es as compared to ?R percent for plosive voicin# contrasts"8>9 About <3 percent of the !orldLs lan#ua#es, ho!ever, have unpaired voiced fricatives, i"e", a voiced fricative !ithout a voiceless counterpart" T!o(thirds of these, or <R percent of all lan#ua#es, have unpaired voiced fricatives but no voicin# contrast bet!een an fricative pair"849 This phenomenon occurs because voiced fricatives have developed from lenition of plosives or fortition of appro$imants" This phenomenon of unpaired voiced fricatives is scattered throu#hout the !orld, but is confined to nonsibilant fricatives !ith the e$ception of a couple of lan#ua#es that have 89 but lack 89" &Relatedl , several lan#ua#es have the voiced affricate 8d9 but lack 8t9"' The fricatives that occur most often !ithout a voiceless counterpart are, in order of ratio of unpaired occurrences to total occurrences, 89, 8D9, 8F9, 89 and 89"

[edit] See also

Apical consonant +ush consonant .aminal consonant .ist of phonetics topics

[edit] References
<" ^ .adefo#ed, 1eter) 5addieson, Ian &<BB?'" The Sounds of the World's Languages" /$ford, -lack!ell" IS-O R(?><(<BA<4(A" =" ^ 5addieson, Ian" =RRA" Absence of Common Consonants" In, +aspelmath, 5artin S Qr er, 5atthe! S" S :il, Qavid S Comrie, -ernard &eds"' The World Atlas of .an#ua#e Structures /nline" 5unich, 5a$ 1lanck Qi#ital .ibrar , chapter <A" Available online at http,%%!als"info%feature%<A" Accessed on =RRA(RB(<3"


^ 5addieson, Ian" *Voicin# in 1losives and Fricatives*, in 5artin +aspelmath et al" &eds"' The World Atlas of Language Structures, pp" =?T=B" /$ford, /$ford ;niversit 1ress, =RR3" IS-O R(<B(B=33B<(<" 4" ^ 5addieson, Ian" Patterns of Sounds" Cambrid#e ;niversit 1ress, <BA4" IS-O R(3=<(=?3>?(>"

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