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Sibilant Consonants
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Fricative consonants in Hebrew can be subdivided into two classes: bgdkpt and sibilants. In the latter class of sounds “the principal source of the sound is the turbulent airstream produced when the jet of air created by the dental or alveolar constriction strikes the teeth, which form an obstacle downstream from the constriction itself” (Ladefoged and Maddieson 1996:145). The constriction is formed by the tongue …

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Bosker, Hans Rutger, “Sibilant Consonants”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 25 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000268>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423



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