Retroflex ejective

Retroflex ejective
ʈʼ
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The retroflex ejective is a type of consonantal sound, used in some spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ʈʼ. Although it's an extremely salient sound, it is found in very few languages.

Features

Features of the retroflex 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
Gwich'inetr'uu/ɛʈʼu:/arctic tern

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