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 (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]


(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.
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These words consist of a stem ending in a sonorant consonant or a glide plus a suffix beginning with/?
Arvo Eek also observed that the difference between Q2 and Q3 in Estonian sonorant consonants and nG is realized in their tenseness (i.
Indeed, Slater and Feinman (1985) found that female names are significantly more likely to end in sonorant consonants than male names.