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Palatal ejective

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Palatal ejective

Palatal ejective
IPA number 107 + 401
Encoding
Entity (decimal) c​ʼ
Unicode (hex) U+0063 U+02BC
X-SAMPA c_>
Kirshenbaum c`

The palatal ejective is a type of consonantal sound, used in some spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is .

Features

Features of the palatal ejective:

  • Its phonation is voiceless, which means it is produced without vibrations of the vocal cords.
  • It is an oral consonant, which means air is allowed to escape through the mouth only.
  • It is a central consonant, which means it is produced by directing the airstream along the center of the tongue, rather than to the sides.
  • The airstream mechanism is ejective (glottalic egressive), which means the air is forced out by pumping the glottis upward.

Occurrence

This sound is largely confined to the indigenous languages of the Americas. It sometimes contrasts with a tʃʼ, but does not always do so. It occurs in:

See also

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