Bilabial consonant explained

In phonetics, a bilabial consonant is a consonant articulated with both lips. The bilabial consonants identified by the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) are:

bilabial nasalEnglishmanman
voiceless bilabial plosiveEnglishspinspin
voiced bilabial plosiveEnglishbedbed
voiceless bilabial fricativeJapanese富士山 (fujisan)Mount Fuji
voiced bilabial fricativeEweɛʋɛEwe
bilabial approximantSpanishlobowolf
bilabial trillNiassimbilower jaw
bilabial clickNǁngʘoemeat

Owere Igbo has a six-way contrast among bilabial plosives: . Approximately 0.7% of the world's languages lack bilabial consonants altogether; these include Tlingit, Chipewyan, Oneida, and Wichita.[1]

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Notes and References

  1. Maddieson, Ian. 2008. Absence of Common Consonants. In: Haspelmath, Martin & Dryer, Matthew S. & Gil, David & Comrie, Bernard (eds.) The World Atlas of Language Structures Online. Munich: Max Planck Digital Library, chapter 18. Available online at Accessed on 2008-09-15.