Plosives in Diction

The voiceless sounds [p], [t], [k] and their voiced partners [b], [d] and [g] are categorised as plosive consonants.

Technically, a build-up of air, or air and voice contribute to the creation of the sounds via:

  • both lips
  • the tip of the tongue against the teeth ridge
  • the rear of the tongue against the soft palate

The rapid release of air or air and voice cause the plosive quality of the sounds.

I’m sure you remember: Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers…

Plosives are valuable in business communication.

They provide a crisp, sharp start, clear syllable changes and a powerful finish to words.

They foster attention and drive action when you make a strong point.

Be sure to include them when you speak.

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