I was referring to what J. d. O'Connor calls frictionless
continuants in his Penguin (Pelican?) book, 'Phonetics'. I referred
to them as approximants because that's how the IPA chart labels them.
From IPA guide Pullum and Ladusow
Approximant:: frictionless continuant. For Ladefoged, who coined the term
(1964) a consonantal
sound articulated in a manner involving an opening in the oral tract not
radical enough to produce
audible friction, thus IPA [[j]. [w]. [l] etc. Catford [1977,119-22] refines
this; defining approximants
as having non-turbulent airflow when voiced by turbulent airflow when voiceless.
Is this enough or do we have to still continue this farce?
Let's face the facts. There are bad/incompetent linguists..