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  1. articulated with the lower lip and upper teeth

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In phonetics, labiodentals are consonants articulated with the lower lip and the upper teeth. The labiodental consonants identified by the International Phonetic Alphabet are:
  1. [ɱ] is an allophone of /m/ that occurs before /v/ and /f/.
  2. The stops (the plosives and the nasal ɱ) are not confirmed to exist as separate phonemes in any language. They are sometimes written as (qp and db monograms).
  3. This applies only to the XiNkuna dialect of Tsonga where it is a separate phoneme (with aspirated and unaspirate allophones in free variation. Please note these differ from the German bilabial-labiodental affricate which commences with a bilabial p.
  4. Again, found only in the XiNkuna dialect.
  5. Varies considerably between dialects. In some cases it's similar to the velar fricative [x].

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labiodental in Arabic: أسناني شفوي
labiodental in Bengali: দন্তৌষ্ঠ্য ব্যঞ্জনধ্বনি
labiodental in Breton: Kensonenn gweuz-dent
labiodental in Czech: Labiodentální souhláska
labiodental in German: Labiodental
labiodental in Spanish: Consonante labiodental
labiodental in Esperanto: Labial-dentalo
labiodental in French: Consonne labio-dentale
labiodental in Korean: 순치음
labiodental in Italian: Consonante labiodentale
labiodental in Latvian: Labiodentāls līdzskanis
labiodental in Japanese: 唇歯音
labiodental in Norwegian: Labiodentaler
labiodental in Polish: Spółgłoska wargowo-zębowa
labiodental in Portuguese: Consoante labiodental
labiodental in Romanian: Consoană labiodentală
labiodental in Russian: Губно-зубные согласные
labiodental in Swedish: Labiodental konsonant
labiodental in Tamil: இதழ்பல் மெய்
labiodental in Chinese: 唇齒音
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