Laterals are consonants formed by allowing the air to escape around the sides of the tongue. Present-Day English has only one lateral, which is voiced (vocal cords vibrating during the articulation of the lateral). (The lateral, the nasals, the retroflex /r/, and the semivowels /w/ and /j/ are sometimes called the resonants.)

1. /l/ (the phoneme spelled l in let): (voiced) alveolar lateral.


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