Definition of speech sound in English:

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speech sound

Pronunciation: /ˈspēCH ˌsound/


A phonetically distinct unit of speech.
Example sentences
  • A vowel is ‘a speech sound produced by the passage of air through the vocal tract with relatively little obstruction, or the corresponding letter of the alphabet’, usually contrasted with consonant.
  • A stammerer knows precisely what he wants to say but cannot, for the moment, say it because of an involuntary repetition, prolongation or cessation of the speech sound.
  • If the vocal folds vibrate during the production of a speech sound it is said to be voiced.

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Syllabification: speech sound

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