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2.2. 辅音(Consonants)

地球上的所有语言都一样,在自然语流中,辅音不会单独存在。单独的元音,可以构成音节,也可以构成或者表达意义。比如,ah ɑː, oh ,或者 Uh-Oh ˈʌoʊ。但,绝大多数辅音必须依附于元音才能构成音节,并且,单独的辅音也不能构成意义。

All languages on Earth follow a similar pattern: in the flow of natural speech, consonants never stand alone. Isolated vowels, however, can form syllables and convey meaning. For instance, you have sounds like ah ɑː, oh , or O'Oh ˈɑoʊ. But consonants almost always need to be attached to vowels to form syllables, and alone, they don't carry meaning.