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2.2: Articulators

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  • Speaking involves controlling parts of the mouth and nose to shape the air that comes from the lungs. This unit introduces the names and locations of the articulators that are used to produce the sounds of English: the tongue, lips and teeth, the alveolar ridge, the palate, the velum, and the nasal cavity.
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    1. Which articulators are responsible for the first sound in the word minor?

    • Lips.
    • Lips and teeth.
    • Tongue and teeth.
    • Tongue and alveolar ridge.
    • Tongue and palate.
    • Tongue and velum.

    2. Which articulators are responsible for the final sound in the word wit?

    • Lips.
    • Lips and teeth.
    • Tongue and teeth.
    • Tongue and alveolar ridge.
    • Tongue and palate.
    • Tongue and velum.

    3. Which articulators are responsible for the first sound in the word photography?

    • Lips.
    • Lips and teeth.
    • Tongue and teeth.
    • Tongue and alveolar ridge.
    • Tongue and palate.
    • Tongue and velum.