from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or having the nature of a consonant.
- adj. Containing a consonant or consonants.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. of, relating to, or functioning as a consonant
- adj. containing one or more consonants
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of the nature of a consonant; pertaining to consonants.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Relating to or of the nature of a consonant; marked by consonant sounds.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. relating to or having the nature of a consonant
- adj. being or marked by or containing or functioning as a consonant
These may all imply less familiar consonantal clusters, final sounds, etc so you have the plasticity of the mouth coming into play too.
Hebrew is considered the Holy Language par excellence, but it is interesting to note that although the consonantal text of the Hebrew Bible must be reproduced according to precise orthographic rules for ritual purposes, the Jewish tradition permits translations of the text into other languages.
The pair YA-SA-SA-RA-ME (TL Za 1) ~ A-SA-SA-RA-ME (PR Za 1) only suggests a consonantal onset but this then is poor evidence for a purported morpheme that's independent of the word it precedes.
So much of the book is heavy with meaning and counter-meaning, innuendo and awful implication, that translation would be a challenge even without its freight of rich consonantal Manchester Yiddish – its mitzvahs, shiksas, farshimelts, meshuggeners and yisgadals.
Romantic experiment can only be told in the voweled curvature as well as the consonantal strokes of its patterned enunciations.
Eagleton calls words "which sound alike but do not rhyme exactly" a para-rhyme: "a semi-rhyme in which the consonantal sounds agree but the vowels do not" (167). close window
The source of the symbolism was pure word-play since in Egyptian, the word for 'to become' was *ḫāpar Sahidic ϣⲱⲡⲉ while the symbol for 'beetle' contained the same consonantal skeleton, ḫpr, but presumably with different vowels.
All these purely consonantal transcriptions do is mire everything in artificial mystery.
As to pre-consonantal /r/s in the General British accent, I gave numerous examples in my article#4 at Section 3 of my website www.yek.me.uk.
Every pre-consonantal and pre-final orthographic ‘r’ is dropped.