Uvular lateral approximant

Uvular lateral approximant
ʟ̠
IPA number 158 414
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X-SAMPA L\_-
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The uvular lateral approximant is a type of consonantal sound used in some spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ʟ̠, and the equivalent X-SAMPA symbol is L\_-. Both of these symbols are also correct representations of the pharyngeal or epiglottal lateral approximant, a physically possible sound that is not attested in any language.[1] The letter for a back-velar in the Uralic Phonetic Alphabet, , may also be used.

Features

Features of the uvular lateral approximant:

  • Its phonation is voiced, which means the vocal cords vibrate during the articulation.
  • 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

Language Word IPA Meaning Notes
English Some American speakers[2] wool [wʊʟ̠] 'wool' May be velar or simply alveolar instead.[2] See English phonology

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