Sibilant


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Sibilant

 

a front fricative consonant, such as [s] or [z], produced by forcing the air stream through the narrow round opening formed when the edges of the front part of the upper surface of the tongue are pressed against the side teeth. Depending on how and to what extent the front part of the tongue is involved, linguists distinguish retroflex (cacuminal), apical, and dorsal sibilants. Dorsal sibilants are found in Russian.

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and many instances of final <3> used to represent a voiced sibilant in plural endings: e.
Interchangeable fricative or sibilant letters (formed with whistling air): [?
Admittedly, the palatal sibilant in anles cannot be the same as the OIA one and is probably an Armenian suffix (cf.
I liked the way many of the lines are overstressed and paired words often clash ("velvet, crumpled"), while the deliberate use of the sibilant "s" and "z" throughout also tangibly evokes the noise and chaos of public life.
He changed the year to 1915, as Husain-lore has it, as he found the earlier date irritatingly sibilant and alliterative.
There is a musicality in the mere names of the places that are evoked--Tennessee, Tra-na-rossan, Inisheer--the liquidity of the sound of their names, their sibilant swell, further heightened by their being physically located on water, and even 'drenched by rain'.
Two birds (presumably the paired male and female) were present when I encircled the nest site with a mist net, and gave a long series of rapid high-pitched trills and sibilant notes at the nest site.
Specifically, this tends to affect consonants such as "b," "p" and "d" and sibilant sounds such as "s" and "sh," all of which are very important for speech comprehension.
Those patients with nonspecific viral upper respiratory infections followed by wheezing and diffuse sibilant rhonchi on physical examination and hyperaeration on the chest X-ray were diagnosed as AB.
I'd labor in an ecstasy of self-congratulation, producing perhaps a hundred words a day, intoning the sibilant syllables until they appeared to make sense.
Sibilant Scouser Peter Sissons, sounding forth on Liverpool And The Media in a St George's Hall Roscoe Lecture, had splendid things to say about the ECHO, barring that we turned him down for his first job in journalism.
For the syllable-repetition subtest, patients were instructed to repeat the bilabial syllables/pa/and/pi/, as well as the sibilant syllables/sa/and/si/.