Alveolar ejective affricate

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

Features

Features of the alveolar ejective affricate:

  • 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.

Occurrence

LanguageWordIPAMeaningNotes
AbazaхъацIа[qat͡sʼa]'man'
AdygheпапцӀэ [pʰaːpt͡sʼa] 'sharp'
ArmenianEastern Armenianծառ[t͡sʼɑr]'tree'Corresponds to tenuis [t͡s⁼] in other Eastern dialects.
AvarмацӀ[mat͡sʼ]'language'
ChechenцIе [t͡sʼe]'name'
Georgianელი[t͡sʼeli]'year'
Hadzazzapale[t͡sʼapaɾe]'digging stick'
Haidattsanskkaagid[t͡sʼanskʼaːkit]'beams'
KabardianцӀэ [t͡sʼa] 'name'
Lushootseedc’uʔkʷs[t͡sʼuʔkʷs]'seven'
Nuxálkxłp̓x̣ʷłtłpłłskʷ[xɬpʼχʷɬtʰɬpʰɬːskʷʰt͡sʼ]'he had had in his possession a bunchberry plant'
Ossetian Iron цъæх [t͡sʼəχ] 'blue' or 'green'
Tlingitts’ankwaat[t͡sʼankʷaːt]'spider'

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