from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A usually voiced speech sound characterized by relatively free air flow through the vocal tract and capable of being syllabic, as a vowel, liquid, or nasal.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A speech sound that is produced without turbulent airflow in the vocal tract; the generic term of vowel, approximant, nasal consonant, etc.
I was looking at some liquid herbal remedies of different varieties when I heard a deep, sonorant voice with a thick Belizian accent near my ear.
Thus in Czech, liquids are treated as moraic and both syllables show normal sonority peaks headed by the most sonorant phoneme of the group (i.e. s PIE *ḱunós 'of the dog') can only be a declined noun based on its form (because of its zerograded root *kun-) and at this stage, no derivative of "dog" can start with *kun- in the nominative or accusative cases either.
Turning palatalization into gemination, BTW, is completely ridiculous - does that really happen somewhere or are you picking that from something like the Germanic gemination-before-a-sonorant pattern?
Primo: In PIE, the initial sequence of sonorant + consonant is treated the same consistently.
In this case, being that *w (sonorant) trumps *d (stop) on the sonorancy scale, the two in that order cannot consitute a legal syllable onset.