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hi. i think that this article could be organized better. although it is following the "places" of articulation as traditionally thought of, it could be laid out in a more logical way more in accord with actual articulation. so, specifically, i suggest the following:
notion of passive & active articulators
detailed discussion of the "places" used on tongue (an active articulator), lips, top of oral cavity
mention general regions (i.e. oral cavity, nasal cavity, etc.)
include diagrams showing the artic. places
something like this, anyway. peace – ishwar(speak) 04:52, 2005 Jun 19 (UTC)
Alveolar: between the front of the tongue and the ridge behind the gums (the alveolus)
The [[alveolus]] wikilink lead to a disambiguation page, on which appears Dental alveolus; however, the usage here appears to be distinct from that described in "dental alveolus". Should an additional term be added to the Alveolus disambiguation page as a third anatomical feature? Courtland 01:19, 3 November 2005 (UTC)
The phrase "articulatory gesture" does not occur here. It should, because SOWL uses it as a synonym for "place of articulation", and it describes the concept better.
The lead section is too long. All but the first paragraph should be moved to the body of the article.
The lead section needs a disclaimer along these lines: "The terminology in this article has been developed to precisely describe consonants in all of the world's spoken languages. Language textbooks often use these terms less precisely, or with slightly different meanings. No known language distinguishes all of the places of articulation described here; less precision is needed to distinguish the sounds of a particular language (especially if you have a teacher to demonstrate the sounds for you or it is your native language)."
The first section of the article should be a bulleted list of the 5 classes of active articulators (with 3 subitems for coronal). With a brief description of each, such as "·Coronal consonants ·Laminal consonants are made by moving the blade of the tongue to the upper lip, the upper teeth, or the roof of the mouth. The blade is the first few millimeters of the upper surface of the tongue." The list is followed by a note on the continuum of possible active articulators, and a note on coarticulation and on the impossibility of coarticulation within each of the 5 classes.
The next section should be a list of the passive articulators, similarly wikilinked and annotated.
Then we can have the table of places of articulation.
The list of places where obstruction can occur is redundant. So is the section on nasals and laterals.
I am not bold enough to make these changes myself, for I have never studied linguistics formally and someone would have to come by and fix my work. — Solo Owl (talk) 19:00, 16 January 2011 (UTC)
Some good suggestions. The article has just been rewritten to make some of them superfluous, but several are still relevant. I think I've addressed your points. — kwami (talk) 14:50, 26 May 2011 (UTC)