Thursday, November 17, 2011
According to dictionary.com, a "cognate" is related by birth; of the same parentage, descent, etc.
When we apply that to consonants in Diction for Singers, we are talking about consonants that are only differentiated by their voicing:
[p] and [b] have the same "middle name" and "last name" - they are only differentiated by their voicing so they are "cognates."
[p] is unvoiced - bilabial - plosive
[b] is voiced - bilabial - plosive
The two other pairs of cognates:
[d] and [t] (these are voiced/unvoiced - alveolar - plosives)
[g] and [k] (these are voiced/unvoiced - velar - plosives)
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