Dental ejective fricative

Dental ejective fricative
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The dental ejective fricative is a rare type of consonantal sound, used in some spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is θʼ.

Features

Features of the alveolar 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 central consonant, which means it is produced by directing the airstream along the center of the tongue, rather than to the sides.

Occurrence

[θʼ] occurs in Modern South Arabian languages and is also reconstructed for the hypothetical Proto-Semitic language.[1]

LanguageWordIPAMeaning
Yapeseth'abii[θʼabiː]'most'

References

  1. Simeone-Senelle, Marie-Claude (1997), "The Modern South Arabian Languages", in Hetzron, Robert, The Semitic Languages, London: Routledge, pp. 381–382

See also

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