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Manners of articulation
Obstruent
Plosive (occlusive)
Affricate
Fricative
Sibilant
Sonorant
Nasal
Flap/Tap
Approximant
Liquid
Vowel
Semivowel
Lateral
Trill
Airstreams
Pulmonic
Ejective
Implosive
Click
Alliteration
Assonance
Consonance
See also: Place of articulation
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In phonetics and phonology, a sonorant is a speech sound that is produced without turbulent airflow in the vocal tract. Vowels are sonorants, and so are approximants, nasal consonants, taps, and trills. That is, all sounds higher on the sonority hierarchy than fricatives are sonorants.

The word resonant is sometimes used for these non-turbulent sounds. In this case, the word sonorant may be restricted to non-vocoid resonants; that is, all of the above except vowels and semivowels. However, this usage is becoming dated.

Sonorants contrast with obstruents, which do cause turbulence in the vocal tract.

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fr:Sonantezh:響音

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