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 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.


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

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

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