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A consonant, such as (s), (z), (m), or (l), that can be prolonged as long as the breath lasts without a change in quality.
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(kənˈtɪnjʊənt) phonetics
(Phonetics & Phonology) a speech sound, such as (l), (r), (f), or (s), in which the closure of the vocal tract is incomplete, allowing the continuous passage of the breath
(Phonetics & Phonology) relating to or denoting a continuant
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(kənˈtɪn yu ənt)
1. a consonant sound, as (f), (l), or (s), that may be prolonged without change of quality. Compare stop (def. 37).
2. of or pertaining to a continuant.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.continuant - consonant articulated by constricting (but not closing) the vocal tract
obstruent - a consonant that is produced with a partial or complete blockage of the airflow from the lungs through the nose or mouth
fricative, fricative consonant, spirant - a continuant consonant produced by breath moving against a narrowing of the vocal tract
Adj.1.continuant - of speech sounds produced by forcing air through a constricted passage (as `f', `s', `z', or `th' in both `thin' and `then')
soft - (of speech sounds); produced with the back of the tongue raised toward the hard palate; characterized by a hissing or hushing sound (as `s' and `sh')
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In this paper Prosser argues that this problem is easily resolved once mental files are properly construed as continuants, whose metaphysics is analogous to that of persons or physical objects.
The traditional ontological square only admits things (i.e., houses, pencils, or humans) as continuants but not entities that are dependent on things.
The researchers, in their turn, were classified into continuants, transients, newcomers, terminators and one-timers, according to the regularity and distribution of their publications throughout the period.
Moreover, tables and legs as continuants are not suitable relata for causal relations because it is widely believed that causality holds between events which have temporal parts.
Dodd also argues against the view that works of music are 'continuants', that is, a sort of particular that is not a material object and which has 'occurrences'.
It is interesting to observe that we are led quite naturally to consider a cyclic version of continuants, as they are usually introduced for continued fractions (see Graham et al.
The text contains ten chapters on breath management, posture, laryngeal and intralaryngeal function, resonance balancing, nasal continuants and nonnasal consonants, the phenomenon of vibrato, registration, healthy singing, pedagogical issues and performance concerns.
The author includes chapters on breath energy (appoggio), agility, resonance, nasal continuants, sostenuto, vowel modification (aggiustamento), and dynamic control.
Continuants and occurrents are technical names taken from philosophical literature, which can be intended as synonymous with physical objects and events (or maybe processes; terminology is not important here).
Emmet calls things, persons and processes "continuants" and events "occurrents".
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