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Autor:  PPAULO
E-mail:  não-disponível
Data:  17/JUN/2011 12:28 PM
Assunto:  semi-consoante
 
Mensagem: 

     There you go.  Tough, I think it is more of an academical distinction. 

     In practice, at least for me, there´s no big importance.  I mean, one can speak English without telling one letter from the other. 

      Of course, not if you are taking a BA degree, I am talking about the average Joe.

      Some links as follows:

 

http://sapiens.ya.com/jrtrans/4SemiV.htm
4.2. Semi-Vowels
Semi-vowels are vowel-like sounds produced by a rapid glide on to the next vowel of greater, steadier duration. The English semi-vowels are /j/ and /w/.
These sounds are called semi-vowels, semi-consonants and consonants by different authors. They are called consonants or semi-consonants following linguistic criteria established to determine if a sound functions as a consonant, namely:
a) Presence of stress: Only vowels receive stress in a syllable; /j/ and /w/ do not (beauty, quite).
b) Position in a syllable: A syllable is a sequence of speech sounds consisting of one vowel preceded and/or followed by one or more consecutive consonants.

 

 

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080319074842AAv5cTH
Semiconsonants are letters that are not vowels (a,e,i,o,u) but are frequently pronounced like vowels. In English, "y" and "w" are usually considered to be semiconsonants. In the word "rhythm", you could replace the "y" with an "i" and get essentially the same pronunciation. In the word "raw", you could replace the "w" with a "u" for essentially the same pronunciation.



http://web.udl.cat/usuaris/m0163949/englvows.htm
Semi-vowels
They are glides during the articulations of which, a part of the tongue passes slightly beyond the vowel limit; so that slight friction is perceived (i.e. consonant sounds are called either semi-vowels or semi-consonants).
The two semi-vowels in English are /j  / and /w /
/  : / > /  / .................. /   / ............ /    / yet
/  : / > /  / .................. /   : / .......... /     : / stew
/  : / > /  / .................. /   : / ........... /   : / your
/  : / > /  / .................. /   : / ............ /   :  / wheat
/  : / > /  / ................. /   / ............ /    / wet
/  : / > /  / ................. /   : / .......... /   :  / ward
/  : / > /  / ................. /   : / .......... /   :  / word

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_vowels_and_consonants_are_there_in_English_alphabet


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
semi-consoante  –  mano  17/JUN/2011, 10:49 AM
semi-consoante  –  Oi  17/JUN/2011, 12:08 PM
 semi-consoante  –  PPAULO  17/JUN/2011, 12:28 PM

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