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Pronunciation Library /k/
How do you say a /k/?
A /k/ is produced with the back of the tongue raised, creating a complete blockage of the outward airflow in the back of the mouth. The build-up of air pressure occurs until the tongue moves away from the top of the mouth and releases the air.
Types of Misarticulations & Pronunciation Suggestions
- The most common misarticulation of a /k/ is substituting it for a /t/. Ex: “tat” for “cat”
- To try and elicit a /k/ you can use a tongue depressor to hold down the front half of the tongue during production or try gargling with the head tilted backward before trying to produce the /k/ sound.
- Once you have achieved /k/ in isolation, try pronouncing it by combining the /k/ with back vowels. These vowels best facilitate the pronunciation of /k/.
Did you know?
- /k/ is among the top 10 most frequently occurring consonants!
- /k/ can occur at the beginning or end of a word.
- Consonant clusters with /ks/ at the end can signal plurality
Bauman-Waengler, J. (2012). Articulatory and phonological impairments: A clinical focus. (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Education, Inc.
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