alveolar consonant

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Noun1.alveolar consonant - a consonant articulated with the tip of the tongue near the gum ridge
consonant - a speech sound that is not a vowel
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[[C.sub.1][+ALVEOLAR,-NASAL]].sub.[mu]] [C.sub.2][+ALVEOLAR,-NASAL] [right arrow] [C:.sub.1] - long consonants are found at the morpheme boundary between a consonant-final stem ending in an oral alveolar consonant and a suffix or enclitic also beginning with an oral alveolar consonant.
They have cognates in PPD with ka- not followed by a retroflex or alveolar consonant. This presumably reflects PZ *qa-.
As we have seen, D /[??]/ is realized as a uvular or an alveolar consonant, but trill, fricative and approximant allophones are used in both environments by different speakers and in different regions.
Velar plosives will palatalize before front vowels, while alveolar consonants will palatalize before back vowels.