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Voiceless palatal approximant

Voiceless palatal approximant
IPA number 153 402A
Entity (decimal) j​̊
Unicode (hex) U+006A U+030A
Kirshenbaum j

The voiceless palatal approximant is a type of consonantal sound, used in a few spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is  j̊ , the voiceless homologue of the voiced palatal approximant.

It is found as a phoneme in Kildin Sami, in Jalapa Mazatec and in Moksha.


Features of the voiceless palatal approximant:

  • 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 pulmonic, which means it is articulated by pushing air solely with the lungs and diaphragm, as in most sounds.
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