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Labial
Coronal
Dorsal
Radical
Laryngeal
Bilabial
Labio-dental
Dental
Alveolar
Palato-alveolar
Retroflex
Palatal
Velar
Uvular
Pharyngeal
Epi-glottal
Glottal
Plosive
p b         t d             k ɡ    
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nasal
  m           n           ɲ        
 
 
 
 
 
 
Trill
              r            
 
 
   
 
 
   
 
 
Tap, Flap
                                               
Fricative
    f v     s z ʃ                              
Lateral fricative
 
 
 
 
                           
 
 
 
 
 
 
Approximant
                          j   w                
Lateral approximant
 
 
 
 
      l           ʎ        
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lateral flap
 
 
 
 
                   
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
Labial
Coronal
Dorsal
Bilabial
Labio-dental
Dental
Alveolar
Palato-alveolar
Retroflex
Palatal
Velar
Uvular
Affricates
            ts dz                
 
Front
Near-front
Central
Near-back
Back
 
Close
Near-close
Close-mid
Mid
Open-mid
Near-open
Open
 
Front
Near-front
Central
Near-back
Back
 
Close
Near-close
Close-mid
Mid
Open-mid
Near-open
Open
Selected languages: Italian
Alternate name(s): N/A
Classification: Indo-European, Romance
The languages has 39 segments
Frequency index: N/A
Sounds:
Comments: According to Canepari (2005) vowel sequences in words like "piú, chiedo, qua, buono" are pronounced as glide+vowel sequence, that is not as diphthongs. Canepari accepts only /ai/, /au/ ( "fai, pausa") as diphthongs. Other sequences he refers to as /Vw/, /Vj/, /wV/, /jV/. The description of Italian based on Bertinetto and Loporcaro (2005)is different with respect to treatment of diphthongs. The description here is based on the latter. Canepari, Luciano (2005) A Handbook of Pronunciation, ch. 3: «Italian». LINCOM publishers http://venus.unive.it/canipa/pdf/HPr_03_Italian.pdf
Sources: Bertinetto, Pier Marco; Loporcaro, Michele (2005): The sound pattern of Standard Italian, as compared with the varieties spoken in Florence, Milan and Rome Journal of the International Phonetic Association (2005) 35.2