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Anterior is a feature which characterizes phonemes that are produced with an obstruction located in the front of the palato-alveolar region of the mouth. The palato-alveolar region is where the ordinary /'cup'-s/ is produced.


Anterior sounds in English are /p/, /b/, /m/, /t/, /d/, /n/, /f/, and /v/.


Utrecht Lexicon of Linguistics


  • Chomsky, Noam A. & Halle, Morris. 1968. The sound pattern of English. New York: Harper & Row.
  • Halle, M. & G. Clements. 1983. Problem Book in Phonology. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.