Breathing produces an audible and constantly recurring cycle. The basic wind unit produced by air flowing
out of the lungs is known as the pulmonic charge. This air flow causes all subsequent sounds produced by the
|vocal configuration||sound||sweep position||semantic designator|
|First||ovular (deep palate)||similar to french "R"||1 o'clock - 30 degrees||early-beginning (conception)|
|Second||velar (deep palate)||english: "K" and "G"||2 o'clock - 60 degrees||mid-beginning (birth)|
|Third||mid-palate||english: husher - "shhh"||3 o'clock - 90 degrees||late beginning (living/growing)|
|Fifth||alveolar (frontal palate)||english: "T", "D", "S" and "Z"||5 o'clock - 150 degrees||early middle|
|Seventh||dental (tongue and teeth)||english: "T", "D", and "th"||7 o'clock - 210 degrees||late middle|
|Ninth||labiodental (lip and teeth)||english: "F" and "V"||9 o'clock - 270 degrees||early-ending (decline/dying)|
|Tenth||bilabial (lips)||english: "P" and "B"||10 o'clock - 300 degrees||mid ending (death)|
|Eleventh||silence||11 o'clock - 330 degrees||late ending (non-existing)|
In this diagram a range of consonant sounds are mapped out in a sweeping cycle. Much like a standard clock, the relationship between each phonetic step is implicit in it position and orientation along the sweep. The color scheme of each region in the vocal apparatus corresponds with a specific step in the cycle.
In the vocal apparatus, the earliest region of phonetic manipulation is the uvular position. For this reason it operates as the "consonant matter flow" initiator, beginning one full cycle sweep from the 1 o'clock position onward.
|vocal configuration||ovular (deep palate)|
|sound||similar to french "R"|
|sweep position||1 o'clock - 30 degrees|
|semantic designator||early-beginning (conception)|
The velar axis is the site of a Plosive/Fricative Cluster. Still fairly early in the vocal tract, (but closer to the end than the Uvulars) it occupies the 2 o'clock or mid-beginning position.
|vocal configuration||velar (deep palate)|
|sound||english: "K" and "G"|
|sweep position||2 o'clock - 60 degrees|
|semantic designator||mid-beginning (birth)|
The final state before the mid-consonant series is the Postalveolar position. It is formed by the rear-tongue fricative that can progress forward into the mid-Alveolar range (from the 3 o'clock to 5 o'clock positions).
|sound||english: husher - "shhh"|
|sweep position||3 o'clock - 90 degrees|
|semantic designator||late beginning (living/growing)|
In the mid-consonantal Alveolar position, the tongue is responsible for the progression past the true mid-point, or equilibrium zone.
|vocal configuration||alveolar (frontal palate)|
|sound||english: "T", "D", "S" and "Z"|
|sweep position||5 o'clock - 150 degrees|
|semantic designator||early middle|
The shift from the 5 to 7 o'clock positions implies a theoretical crossing of the half-way mark, and is produced phonetically by a forward progression of the tongue from rear to front. It is also the frontal-most position of the tongue.
|vocal configuration||dental (tongue and teeth)|
|sound||english: "T", "D", and "th"|
|sweep position||7 o'clock - 210 degrees|
|semantic designator||late middle|
This Fricative Cluster is produced when the lower lip and top teeth begin to interact. Here is where the (ending region) begins, characterized by the sweep from 9 o'clock until the end.
|vocal configuration||labiodental (lip and teeth)|
|sound||english: "F" and "V"|
|sweep position||9 o'clock - 270 degrees|
|semantic designator||early-ending (decline/dying)|
The last region of the vocal apparatus where manipulations to a breathy charge can be made. At the 10 o'clock position, the Bilabial Plosive/Fricative Cluster signifies an end to the consonant progression.
|vocal configuration||bilabial (lips)|
|sound||english: "P" and "B"|
|sweep position||10 o'clock - 300 degrees|
|semantic designator||mid ending (death)|
Theoretical region that serves as a marker to signify of one cycle and the beginning of another.
|sweep position||11 o'clock - 330 degrees|
|semantic designator||late ending (non-existing)|