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Consonants Clusters

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on 26 October 2013

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Consonants Clusters
Consonant clusters can be divided into five categories:

1. Consonant Digraphs
2. Consonant Digraphs with Double Letters
3. True Consonant Clusters
4. Consonant Clusters Ending with /s/ and /z/
5. Consonant Clusters in Compound Words

It is a group of two or more consonant sounds that come before (onset), after (coda), or between (medial) vowels. Also known as cluster.

Where it occurs?
Consonant clusters can occur at the beginning (an initial consonant cluster), in the middle (a medial consonant cluster) or at the end of a syllable (a final consonant cluster).

Consonant Digraphs

Some consonant clusters are digraphs, which are two letters together in the spelling of a word
that combine to make a single sound.


In the world brilliant which has two syllables, there is a consonant cluster at the beginning of the first syllable (“br”), at middle syllable (“ll”), and at the end of the second syllable (“nt”).

Consonant Digraphs with Double Letters

These consonant clusters are digraphs that comprise a pair of identical letters, which make a
single sound when said together. Most consonant letters can be doubled, although doubles with “h”, “j”, “q”, “w”, “x”, and “y” are not natural in English.

True Consonant Clusters
They are pronounced in the same way as they are spelled. For example, “br” in “bread” is pronounced in the same way as the
phonemes that it represents: /br/ . In true consonant clusters we pronounce all of the sounds.

Consonant Clusters Ending with /s/ or /z/

These are consonant clusters that end with an “s”, representing either the sound /s/ or /z/ at the end of a plural noun

Consonant Clusters in Compound Words

strange consonant clusters can occur, which are not “true” consonant clusters. This is because two separate words have been joined together to make a new word,
meaning that the final consonant cluster from the first word has to sit side by side with the initial consonant cluster from the second word.
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