IPA pulmonic consonant chart with audio

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The International Phonetic Alphabet, or IPA, is an alphabetic system of phonetic notation based primarily on the Latin alphabet. It was devised by the International Phonetic Association as a standardized representation of the sounds of spoken language.[1]

In the IPA, a pulmonic consonant is a consonant made by obstructing the glottis (the space between the vocal cords) or oral cavity (the mouth) and either simultaneously or subsequently letting out air from the lungs. Pulmonic consonants make up the majority of consonants in the IPA, as well as in human language. All consonants in the English language fall into this category.[2]

In the audio samples below, the consonants are pronounced with the vowel [a] for demonstration.

IPA chart pulmonic consonants with audio
Place → Labial Coronal Dorsal Laryngeal
↓ Manner Bila­bial Labio­dental Den­tal Alve­olar Palato-alve­olar Retro­flex Pal­a­tal Ve­lar Uvu­lar Pha­ryn­geal Glot­tal
Flap or tap
Lateral fricative
Lateral approximant
Lateral flap
Where symbols appear in pairs, left—right represent the voiceless—voiced consonants
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See also[edit]


  1. ^ International Phonetic Association. (1999). Handbook of the International Phonetic Association: A guide to the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  2. ^ Fromkin, Victoria; Rodman, Robert (1998) [1974]. An Introduction to Language (6th ed.). Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt Brace College Publishers. ISBN 0-03-018682-X. 

External links[edit]

  • YorkU.ca: Spoken content icon Listen to all the sounds in the IPA symbols chart using Flash, by Eric Armstrong, University of York, Toronto, Canada.
  • GitHub: Input IPA symbols using virtual keyboard by clicking on the IPA chart.