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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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The acoustic progression from "patch, matchwood" to "immortal diamond" is not smooth, the affricatives grating on the sonorants, even as the line attempts to elide the difference between its categories.
The lenition of stops between sonorants is a process that is relatively common cross-linguistically.
Scotland will rebuild Hadrian's Wall to keep the Sassenachs from mounting a new invasion and the Welsh will just speak Welsh in every pub in Wales and drive out unwanted newcomers with incomprehensible vowels and voiceless sonorants.
A problem arises, however, in limiting the selection of the t-initial lenition allomorphs to the position after coronal sonorants.
In normal speakers, English vowels and oral sonorants are produced primarily with oral resonance and little if any nasal resonance.
The relevant phonemes: vowels, sonorants, h, and voiced fricatives, have a common feature of performance: continuity.
Thus defined, they do not constitute a natural class; (2) "rhotic" is merely a cover term for minimally specified consonantal sonorants (3)--a subset of those that do not fit into the classes of nasals and laterals and so lack any manner specification.
a form of weakening involving a relaxation of muscle tension during articulation of a consonant, usually between two vowels or sometimes between two sonorants, e.
Kuznetsova, as she was measuring words containing sonorants, consonant clusters, and diphthongs in the first syllable (structures of the types sula 'salt:Part', linna town:Part', kulma 'cold:Part', kuiva 'dry:Part').
In Kikongo and Ndonga, the relevant CORR family is CORR-NL ("two sonorants must correspond if they differ at most in the feature [nasal]").
8 the author refers to "sonorants and approximants" but approximants are sonorants.
The voiceless group had further splits dependent on 1) groups of friction sounds such as voiceless fricatives (s, f, x, h), voiceless aspirated stops (ph, th, kh), and preaspirated sonorants (hm, hm, hl); 2) voiceless unaspirated sounds (p, t, k); and 3) glottal and preglottalized sounds (?