Fricatives -definition and characteristics
Fricatives - are consonants with the characteristic that when they are produced, air escapes through a small passage and makes a hissing sound.
All languages have fricatives, probably always including something like s. Fricatives are continuant consonants, which means that you can continue making them without interruption as long as you have enough air in your lungs.
F, v - labiodental
Ɵ, ð - dental
S, z - alveolar
ʃ, Ʒ - palato - alveolar
H - glottal
F, Ɵ, s, ʃ, h - fortis (voiceless)
V, ð , z, Ʒ - lenis (voiced)
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