Liquid consonantLiquid consonants
, or liquids
, are speech
sounds; more specific, they are approximant consonants
that are not classified as semivowels (glides) because they do not correspond phonetically to specific vowels
(in the way that, for example,
the initial [j] in English yes
corresponds to [i]).
The class of liquids can be divided into lateral liquids
[l] and [r] are typical liquids.
See Phonetics, Stop consonant, Fricative, Affricate.