Glossary of Linguistic Terms



A vocoid is a sound made with an open oral cavity such that there is little audible friction in the mouth.

It has the potential to be analyzed phonemically as a vowel.


Here is a diagram of the vocoids. A language will use only some of these:

A vocoid may also be a glide or syllabic sonorant, such as the following:

  • [j]
  • [l`]
  • [n`]
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Glossary Hierarchy