Since different types of sounds link into each other in different ways, it is important to know the categories of sounds. Vowel sounds are created with a relatively open vocal tract. Consonant sounds are broken into the broad categories of "continuous" and "discontinuous." (Continuous consonant sounds are created when the airflow is restricted (but not completely blocked) while passing through the vocal tract. These sounds can be held for a long time. Discontinuous consonants occur when the airflow is briefly prevented from leaving the vocal tract.
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