Speech Work: Consonant Sounds /k/ and /g/
- Describing the sound
- Pronouncing the sound
- Contrasting the sound
Describing the Sound
/k/: During the production of this sound, the back of the tongue makes contact with the velium, against the back of the mouth. This contact results in total obstruction of the air. The vocal cords are widened and do not allow any vibration.
/k/ is voiceless and it has many spelling symbols, examples are rake, fake, rock, mark, cock, sick, quill, quiz.
Notice that /k/ occurs in different forms.
c – calculator, can, cap, class
k – kid, ask, bask, bank
qui – quiz, quill,
que – cheque
x – tax, taxi, vex
Note that /k/ is silent in the following words: know, knot, knowledge, knife, kneel.
/g/: The back of the tongue makes contact with the velium. This contact results in a total obstruction of the air. The vocal cords are narrowed for air to force through causing vibration during the production of /g/.
/g/ is voiced and it is regularly spelt with “g” and “gg”
“g”: gun, rag, good, gum, girl, give
“gg”: luggage, lagging, aggregate, bigger
“gh”: ghost, ghastly
- List ten words that has the sound /g/
- Give ten words that has the sound /k/
- Contrast the following words on /g/ and /k/:
decree, back, crate, cot, bag, degree, grate, got, class cable, glass gable
Give five examples of /k/ and /g/ each and illustrate the two sounds with five examples each.