Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A usually voiced speech sound characterized by relatively free air flow through the vocal tract and capable of being syllabic, as a vowel, liquid, or nasal.

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  • n. A speech sound that is produced without turbulent airflow in the vocal tract; the generic term of vowel, approximant, nasal consonant, etc.

Etymologies

sonor(ous) + -ant.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • I was looking at some liquid herbal remedies of different varieties when I heard a deep, sonorant voice with a thick Belizian accent near my ear.

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  • Thus in Czech, liquids are treated as moraic and both syllables show normal sonority peaks headed by the most sonorant phoneme of the group (i.e. s PIE *ḱunós 'of the dog') can only be a declined noun based on its form (because of its zerograded root *kun-) and at this stage, no derivative of "dog" can start with *kun- in the nominative or accusative cases either.

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  • Turning palatalization into gemination, BTW, is completely ridiculous - does that really happen somewhere or are you picking that from something like the Germanic gemination-before-a-sonorant pattern?

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  • Primo: In PIE, the initial sequence of sonorant + consonant is treated the same consistently.

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  • In this case, being that *w (sonorant) trumps *d (stop) on the sonorancy scale, the two in that order cannot consitute a legal syllable onset.

    I tripped over Pre-IE the other day

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