semiconsonant


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semiconsonant

(ˌsɛmɪˈkɒnsənənt)
n
(Linguistics) linguistics another name for semivowel
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Two are the types of dipthongs: a) Raising dipthongs which have a first vowel as a semiconsonant and the second vowel as the nucleus ([je] tie.
The initial affricate /d3/ is pronounced with the semiconsonant /j/, in judo [[TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.
lt;i> used for both syllabic vowel [i] and semiconsonant [j] (iam, cuius)
The term semiconsonant is usually employed in onset, when a glide [j],[w], or [y] begins a syllable, as in "year," "want" / "Jahr" / "ouest," or is the last element in an onset cluster: "nuit" / "piu," "quando," etc.
Only English makes use of /j/ in this position, while German employs /j/ only in simple onset, as a semiconsonant.
Rising diphthongs are also essentially pure syllabic vowels in musical settings, with no duration allotted to the initial semiconsonant.
but not when a semiconsonant, unflagged in the orthography, intervenes:
The syllable is normally divided into onset (consonant, consonant cluster, semiconsonant, or nonexistent), nucleus (syllabic vowel or, rarely, vocal consonant), and coda (consonant, consonant cluster, or semivowel).
Ellingboe chooses to use a semiconsonant /j/ as the second element in the first four diphthongs.
The state Iowa consists of three syllables of the form V + V + CV, in which the <w> is "ambisyllabic"; that is, it signals the semivowel that ends the second-syllable diphthong, and functions as an onset semiconsonant [w] to the third syllable.
The terms semivowel and semiconsonant are used somewhat inconsistently in linguistic literature.
la] the pattern is V / CV: / CV, in which the second syllable begins with a semiconsonant, just as the fourth syllable of sillabazione contained a consonant/ semiconsonant cluster in onset.