voiced labial-velar approximant

A schematic mid-sagittal section of an articulation of a voiced labial-velar approximant
labial-velar approximant voiced oral pulmonic consonant
  • raise the back part of the tongue toward the soft palate (the velum) while rounding the lips
  • 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