> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Matthew Barnett > Some consonants are plosives: b, d, p, t. They are a release > of breath and are therefore short. > > Others are continuants: l, m, n, r, s, z, m, n. They can be > spoken for a long time. Yesssssssss, that's true. One thing that we need to realize is there's no hard line between consonant and vowel. There's a continuum and somewhere in between with have semivowels which have qualities of both. > In some languages some continuants can behave like vowels. In English, > for example, the end of the word "example" could be end with the plosive > p followed by the "vowel" l! That's the "dark L". Just how much like a vowel it is depends on the 'lect.