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The crowding of consonant sounds within the same environment before the insertion of a vowel sound in words is consonant cluster. It is the coming together of more than one consonant sound in a word. It can be easily identified if the transcription is done. It can appear at different locations – initial, medial or final position, but the common ones are initial and final position. It can be expressed as (ccc) (vccc) that is 3 consonants may come before vowel and up to 2 consonant may follow the vowel.

Examples

2 consonant clause words

 

Initial (ccv)                                                          Medial (vccv)                                                     Final (vcc)

Play                                                                        after                                                                      shift

/plei/                                                                     /a:fta/                                                                   /sift/

Twinkle                                                                master                                                                  risk

/twiokal/                                                             /ma:ster/                                                            /risk/

 

  1. Consonant cluster words

Initial (cccv)                                                        Final (

Strength                                                              texts

/stregke/                                                             /tesk/

Strong                                                                   ask

/str3g/                                                                  /a:sk/

 

Initial

Skw                                                                        Kw

Squander                                                            queen

Square                                                                  equality

Squash                                                                 quench

Squad                                                                   quiet

Squalor                                                               equal

 

See also

COMPREHENSION

CONSONANT CLUSTERS

SUMMARY WRITING

CONSONANT SOUNDS

ADJECTIVE AND VERBS

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