Definition of labiodental in English:


Syllabification: la·bi·o·den·tal
Pronunciation: /ˌlābēōˈdentl


  • (Of a sound) made with the lips and teeth, for example f and v.
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    • There is a small error in the New York Times article on the addition of a symbol for the labiodental flap to the International Phonetic Alphabet that Geoff mentioned: the bilabial trill does not still await its day.
    • ‘None of this is true about labiodental flaps,’ Dr. Ladefoged said in an e-mail message.
    • The labiodental flap is described this way: ‘a buzz sometimes capped by a faint pop.’


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  • A labiodental sound.
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    • You may have had some problem with the words you have listed, (mostly labiodentals) while you developed speech, which led to a psychological block making you pause awhile before saying them.
    • I am particularly interested in the acquisition of Dutch labiodentals, which can be a difficult contrast for German and English learners of Dutch.
    • English has only fricative labiodentals, and no stops.

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