Definition of spirant in English:

spirant

Line breaks: spir|ant
Pronunciation: /ˈspʌɪr(ə)nt
 
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Phonetics

adjective

  • (Of a consonant) uttered with a continuous expulsion of breath.
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    • There are three types of mutations, the nasal mutation, the spirant mutation and lenition.
    • Despite this assertion I do not believe the spirant pronunciation is obvious at all.
    • All the Welsh grammars say Welsh has 3 types of mutation - soft, nasal and spirant, and 9 consonants that are mutable.

noun

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  • A spirant consonant; a fricative.
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    • The shifting of the voiced spirants and explosives did not extend over all the HG. dialects.
    • When we extend our analysis to Western and Southern Numic, we are forced to conclude that in no Numic language have the taps ever belonged to a series of spirants.
    • That leaves the rest of the ‘spirants’ free and clear.

Derivatives

spirantization

noun
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  • The constraint which forces spirantization also predicts the distribution of released and unreleased stops.
  • This paper presents the results of a first acoustic phonetic investigation into voiceless spirantization in the variety of Tuscan Italian spoken in Siena.
  • This study addresses whether or not intervocalic nasal consonants in Spanish undergo spirantization in aerodynamic terms.

spirantize

(also spirantise) verb
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  • As a result, the endings are spirantized since they now follow directly on a vowel sound.
  • Since there is no voiced bilabial fricative in English, when you spirantize a [b] in English you often get [v].
  • But they did not participate in the later spirantizing and deaffrication processes that characterize the consonant systems of the recorded Iranian languages.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Latin spirant- 'breathing', from the verb spirare.

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