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> [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.