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Name: ______________________________________ Date: ___/ ___/ ______.

PHONETICS

Describing sounds
Place of articulation
A. This exercise presents sets of words to you. In each set, you are to check the place of
articulation of consonants. If the word does not have a consonant with the place of
articulation for that set you will mark "wrong". If the word does have a consonant with the
place of articulation for that set you will mark "right".

apple lamb knot yell bank


bilabial ____________ ____________ ____________ ____________ ____________

knot break cast cent ghost


velar ____________ ____________ ____________ ____________ ____________

tack scare quick dark knot


alveolar
____________ ____________ ____________ ____________ ____________

thick bathe hitch rough mirth


interdental ____________ ____________ ____________ ____________ ____________

craze push measure shape action


alveopalatal ____________ ____________ ____________ ____________ ____________

phase thought vase rough life


labiodental ____________ ____________ ____________ ____________ ____________

B. Specify the voicing and place of articulation of the consonant sounds in the middle of
each of the following words. The first one is already filled in as an example:

voiced or voiceless place of articulation


ex. adder voice alveolar
father
singing
etching
robber
enthusiasti
c
pleasure
lodger
B. Describe the English consonant sounds produced in the following way in terms of
their manner and place of articulation. Indicate which English sounds are produced
in that way.

Manne
r
Place
Sound

Manne
r
Place
Sound

Manne
r
Place
Sound

Manne
r
Place
Sound

Manne
r
Place
Sound

Manne
r
Place
Sound

Manne
r
Place
Sound
C. Name all English consonant sounds conform to their Place of Articulation.
bilabial:________________________________________________________

labiodental:______________________________________________________

interdental:______________________________________________________

alveolar:________________________________________________________

palatal:_________________________________________________________

velar:__________________________________________________________

glottal:_________________________________________________________

D. Identify the sounds...

a) voiced bilabial plosive ____________________________________


b) voiced alveolar fricative ____________________________________
c) voiceless post-alveolar affricative __________________________________
d) voiceless alveolar fricative____________________________________
e) voiced labial-velar median-approximant______________________________
f) voiceless dental fricative ____________________________________
g) voiced velar nasal ____________________________________
h) voiced dental fricative ____________________________________
i) voiced alveolar plosive ____________________________________
j) voiced velar plosive ____________________________________
k) voiceless velar plosive ____________________________________
l) voiceless post-alveolar affricative _________________________________