ⓘ Coronal consonant

                                     

ⓘ Coronal consonant

Coronal consonants are consonants articulated with the flexible front part of the tongue. Among places of articulation, only the coronal consonants can be divided into as many articulation types: apical, laminal, domed, or subapical as well as different postalveolar articulations: palato-alveolar, alveolo-palatal and retroflex. Only the front of the tongue has such dexterity among the major places of articulation, allowing such variety of distinctions. Coronals have another dimension, grooved, to make sibilants in combination with the orientations above.