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2.5: Sonority, Consonants, and Vowels

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  • Sonority has to do with how much acoustic energy a given speech sound has. Linguists divide speech sounds into three broad categories, vowels, consonants, and glides, according to their sonority.
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    Check Yourself

    1. What kind of sound is the first sound in the word early?

    • Vowel.
    • Glide.
    • Voiced consonant.
    • Voiceless consonant.

    2. What kind of sound is the first sound in the word junior?

    • Vowel.
    • Glide.
    • Voiced consonant.
    • Voiceless consonant.

    3. What kind of sound is the first sound in the word winter?

    • Vowel.
    • Glide.
    • Voiced consonant.
    • Voiceless consonant.
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