I don't like ending my words with plosives, because my native language tends to not audibly pronounce them. I prefer to stick to fricatives and nasals for codas. However, I'm unsure where non-sibilant fricatives should go. Do they undergo de-voicing in codas like plosives do? I've seen auxlang guides recommend to keep coda consonants limited to fricatives, nasals, and 'liquids', but such guides normally don't recommend you use rare phones like non-sibilant fricatives. Maybe I should just play it safe and treat them like plosives, keeping them limited to onsets?

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    Do you mean treated like plosives or sibilant fricatives in the title? Non-sibilant fricatives are, by definition, fricatives.
    – Draconis
    Mar 24 at 19:33
  • Though the fact that you call them "rare phones" might mean you mean something other than sounds like [f].
    – Draconis
    Mar 24 at 19:34
  • The only phones I've ever seen called non-sibilant fricatives are θ and ð. I used to see them as plosives before I looked them up for the first time. i was weirded out that they were classified as fricatives. To me, a fricative is a consonant where you can hold it indefinitely, unlike stops which can't be held (outside of nasals anyway). Essentially, if you can germinate it and its not a nasal, its a fricative.
    – user6046
    Mar 24 at 19:36
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    The term for a consonant you can hold indefinitely is a "continuant", and all fricatives do fall into that category—including the two you mentioned. I can easily hold them for at least ten seconds each. But there are some dialects of English that have turned them into stops; I suspect you might speak one of those? (Or perhaps your native language isn't English?)
    – Draconis
    Mar 24 at 20:08
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    it sounds like you may have learnt affricates [t̪͡θ ] & [d̪͡ð]. As an affricate includes a stop part this explains why you can't produce them indefinitely. Affricates often pattern with stops, but can also pattern fricatives so you can go either way
    – Tristan
    Mar 25 at 12:28

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Why do people post comments for rather than answers? This has been answered and I don't see much that can be added to it.

The answer is I've been accidentally pronouncing my non-sibilant fricatives as affricates, thus my confusion over whether they're more akin to plosives or fricatives. Either I need to just treat them like affricates, or learn the proper fricatives. That's my answer.

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