Fortis meaning

fôr'tĭs
A fortis consonant.
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Articulated with relatively strong pressure of the airstream below the glottis, as in English (p) and (t) compared with (b) and (d).
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Articulated with much muscle tension and, usually, with strong aspiration, as initial (p) and (t) in English.
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A fortis sound.
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(phonetics) Strongly articulated (of a consonant), hence voiceless.
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Origin of fortis

  • Latin strong fort
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin fortis (“strong”).
    From Wiktionary