SEMIVOWEL By N., Pam M.S. - April 13, 2013 1. a vowel like speech sound that acts as a consonant and forms a syllable when combined with a vowel. 2. A liquid speech sound. SEMIVOWEL: "An example of a semivowel are the "w" in well." Related Psychology Terms SONANT ASSOCIATION VALUE SCHWA WORD-SUPERIORITY EFFECT (WSE) INTERDENTAL ASPIRATION STAGGERED SPONDAIC WORD TEST (SSW) LISP 1 LABIODENTAL SYLLABLE Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "SEMIVOWEL," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 13, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/semivowel/ (accessed August 20, 2019).