In phonetics, a plosive consonant also known as a oral stop is a consonant that is made by blocking a part of the mouth so that no air can pass through, and the pressure increases behind the place where it is blocked, and when the air is allowed to pass through again, this sound is created. This sound is the plosive consonant. The blocking is usually done using the tongue, the lips or the throat. Plosives can be voiced or voiceless.
Examples[change | edit source]
The following plosives with symbols in the IPA.
English[change | edit source]
[p], [t], [k] are voiceless plosives.
[b], [d], [ɡ] are voiced plosives.
[ʔ] is a glottal stop which is made in the throat.