Place of articulation refers to the place in the mouth where a consonant’s sound comes from.

The following video provides an in-depth description and examples of place of articulation. (The video also includes information about Manner of articulation and voicing.)
Place of articulation
The following image is a visual representation of all the possible places of articulation.
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There are 7 major places of articulation.


Labial Sounds- a sound that requires the use of one or both of the lips.



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Labiodental - A sound where the lower lip is raised to the upper teeth.
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Interdental - A sound made by putting the tongue between the teeth or just behind the upper teeth.
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Alveolar- when the tongue tip is raised to the alveolar ridge. The ridge right behind the upper teeth.


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Palatal - Sounds made when the tongue is raised to the roof of the mouth.



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Velar-Sounds made when the back part of the tongue is raised to the soft palate, the area right behind the palate.

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Glottal Sounds- Sounds made at the larynx, the back of the throat.
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