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Voicing

Voiceless Sound = no vibration of the vocal cords
Voiced Sound = vibration of the vocal cords

Basic Principle
Voiceless sounds like to be next to voiceless sounds: VL + VL
Voiced sounds like to be next to voiced sounds: VD + VD

Consonant Sounds
= either voiceless or voiced.
Vowel Sounds
= all are voiced

These consonant sounds come in voiceless/voiced pairs.
/p,b/
/t,d/
/k,g/
/f,v/
 /Θ,ð/
/s,z/
/ʃ,ʒ/
/ʧ,ʤ/

They are pronounced by vibrating the vocal cords.

The word "vowel" originated in Latin vocalis meaning "voice."

These consonant sounds are voiced.
/m/
/n/
/ŋ/
/l/
/r/
/w/
/y/

 

This consonant sound is voiceless.
/h/