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Dictionary Definition

continuant n : consonant articulated by constricting (but not closing) the vocal tract [syn: continuant consonant] [ant: stop consonant]

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Extensive Definition

A continuant is a sound produced with an incomplete closure of the vocal tract. That is, any sound except a stop (plosive or nasal). An affricate is considered to be a complex segment, composed of both a stop and a continuant.
continuant in Latvian: Kontinuants
continuant in Norwegian Nynorsk: kontinuant
continuant in Chinese: 持續音
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