sonorant(redirected from Sonorant consonant)
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son·o·rant(sŏn′ər-ənt, sō′nər-, sə-nôr′-)
A usually voiced speech sound characterized by relatively free air flow through the vocal tract and capable of being syllabic, as a vowel, liquid, or nasal.
1. (Phonetics & Phonology) one of the frictionless continuants or nasals (l, r, m, n, ŋ) having consonantal or vocalic functions depending on its situation within the syllable
2. (Phonetics & Phonology) either of the two consonants represented in English orthography by w or y and regarded as either consonantal or vocalic articulations of the vowels iː and uː
[from Latin sonor a noise + -ant]
so•no•rant(səˈnɔr ənt, -ˈnoʊr-, soʊ-)
a voiced speech sound, as a vowel, semivowel, liquid, or nasal, characterized by relatively free passage of air through a channel.