In many languages, we push air through our vocal folds, throat, and oral/nasal cavities to create sounds. Below I will explain some of the sounds we hear on a day to day basis and how/ where in the mouth those sounds are created.

Please use this picture to understand where in the mouth some of the locations are that I am referring to.
Please use this picture to understand where in the mouth some of the locations are that I am referring to.

How

Stops: These completely stop the airflow. For example with [p], you stop the air with your lips, meanwhile, with [t] you stop the air with your alveolar ridge (the ridge just behind your upper teeth).

Fricatives: These constrict the airflow to create friction. For example, to make [f], you create friction between your lips and teeth but to make [s], you create friction between your tongue and the alveolar ridge(near where you make [t]). …

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Daniel Cohen

I am a Game Designer/ Narrative Designer/ and Audio Designer for Games. I love Disease Ecology, and Linguistics!

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