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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We have auditory metathesis in Balochi in which presence of a sibilant with a periodic noise changes the order of phonemes.
Note that Column [V.sub.a] consists of the sibilants, S and Z.
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The articulation disorders in producing hissing sibilant sounds in Arabic: Descriptive-analytical study.
To account for the sibilant z we first need to consider Mari morphophonological rules, according to which intervocalic /z/ alternates with an affricate: in syllable-final position /z/ is replaced by MariE /c/ and MariW /c/ (Alhoniemi 1985 : 35-36).
Over here, hard by the border, the accent takes on that sibilant Portuguese slur and the people also have the slow, slightly subdued manner of their more downbeat Iberian neighbours.
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Jesus, before any splash sibilant on the first beach, or the brilliant
The headphone makes up for this by tending towards bass instead of treble, thereby balancing the scales towards a nearly flat sound with sibilant highs and hollow lows.
Compare, however, Bangani screnc 'to praise s.o.' with palatal sibilant. Connection with OIA slaghate is therefore most likely, which means that the word has entered early Romani in the west or north-west.