Encyclopedia > Nasal consonant

  Article Content

Nasal consonant

A nasal is a sound produced when the air is allowed to escape through the nose, while its oral passage may be blocked by the lips or tongue (a nasal stop) or opened (a nasal vowel). Nasal stops are often called simply "nasals".

Here are some nasal stops:

English, German and Cantonese have [m], [n] and [ŋ]

French has [m], [n] and [ɲ]

Catalan has [m], [n], [ɲ] and [ŋ]

French and Portuguese have nasal vowels. In IPA, nasal vowels are indicated by placing a tilde (~) over the vowel in question. So French sang = /sã/.

See: phonetics, stop, fricative, affricate, approximant, International Phonetic Alphabet.



All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

 
  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
 
 
  
  Featured Article
Wheatley Heights, New York

... Pacific Islander, 4.15% from other races, and 3.73% from two or more races. 11.67% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. There are 1,455 households out ...

 
 
 
This page was created in 66.6 ms