voiced alveolar approximant

A schematic mid-sagittal section of an articulation of a voiced alveolar approximant
alveolar approximant voiced oral pulmonic consonant
  • place the tip or blade of tongue on alveolar ridge
  • one articulator is close to another, but not enough to produce a turbulent airstream
  • vibrate the vocal cord
  • direct the airstream along the center of the tongue, rather than to the sides
  • air is allowed to escape through the mouth only
  • push air solely with the lungs and diaphragm