Alveolar lateral ejective fricative

Alveolar lateral ejective fricative
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The alveolar lateral ejective fricative is a type of consonantal sound, reported in the Northwest Caucasian languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ɬʼ.

Features

Features of the alveolar lateral ejective fricative:

  • 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 lateral consonant, which means it is produced by directing the airstream over the sides of the tongue, rather than down the middle.

Occurrence

[ɬʼ] occurs in the reconstructed Proto-Semitic language.

LanguageWordIPAMeaningNotes
AdygheлӀы [ɬʼə] 'man'
KabardianплӀы [pɬʼə] 'four'
Tlingitook [ɬʼuːk] ‘fish’

See also

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