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Why are the liquid consonants called "liquids"? 18.104.22.168 18:05, 21 December 2006 (UTC)
The article on lateral consonant says that there is also a "dark l". I'm not expert enough to tell if this disagrees with what's written in Liquid consonant but just want to point out in case there is a discrepancy:
English has one lateral phoneme: the lateral approximant /l/, which in many accents has two allophones. One, found before vowels as in lady or fly, is called clear l, pronounced as the alveolar lateral approximant [l] with a "neutral" position of the body of the tongue. The other variant, so-called dark l found before consonants or word-finally, as in bold or tell, is pronounced as the velarized alveolar lateral approximant [ɫ] with the tongue assuming a spoon-like shape with its back part raised, which gives the sound a [w]- or [ʟ]-like resonance. In some languages, like Albanian, those two sounds are different phonemes. East Slavic languages contrast [ɫ] and [lʲ] but do not have a plain [l].
In many British accents (e.g. Cockney), dark [ɫ] may undergo vocalization through the reduction and loss of contact between the tip of the tongue and the alveolar ridge, becoming a rounded back vowel or glide. This process turns tell into something like [tɛɰ].
It is a gross oversimplification to say that English /l/ has just two allophones. Clearly, the [l] in a voiced cluster isn't the same as one in an unvoiced cluster. And medial isn't the same as either clear initial or dark post-vocalic.
There's none here. Liquids are defined as a class consisting of laterals (l-like sounds) and rhotics (r-like sounds) Go to lateral and rhotic, and you find out they're liquids. 22.214.171.124 (talk) 22:23, 13 January 2015 (UTC)
I quote, "Some, such as Greek, Italian and Serbo-Croatian, have more than two liquid phonemes. All three languages have the set /l/, /ʎ/, /r/, with two laterals and one rhotic." This is wrong Greek has only two liquids, λ[l] and ρ[r]  ~~used to have an acc but lazy to log in~~ — Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 21:05, 28 August 2019 (UTC)