Voiced palatal implosive

Voiced palatal implosive
ʄ
IPA number 164
Encoding
Entity (decimal) ʄ
Unicode (hex) U+0284
X-SAMPA J\_<
Kirshenbaum J`
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The voiced palatal implosive is a type of consonantal sound, used in some spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ʄ, and the equivalent X-SAMPA symbol is J\_<. Typographically, the IPA symbol is a dotless lowercase letter j with a horizontal stroke (the symbol for the voiced palatal plosive) and a rightward hook (the diacritic for implosives). A very similar looking letter, ƒ (an f with a tail), is used in Ewe for /ɸ/.

Features

Features of the voiced palatal implosive:

  • 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 central consonant, which means it is produced by directing the airstream along the center of the tongue, rather than to the sides.
  • The airstream mechanism is implosive (glottalic ingressive), which means it is produced by pulling air in by pumping the glottis downward. Since it is voiced, the glottis is not completely closed, but allows a pulmonic airstream to escape through it.

Occurrence

LanguageWordIPAMeaningNotes
Ega[1][ʄè]'swear'
Fula[2][ʄetugol]'to take'
Seereer-Siin[3][ʄaaɾ]'to have ringworm'Contrasts phonemically with voiceless implosive
Swahilijana[ʄana]'yesterday'
Saraikiڄاݨݨ[ʄɑ̃ɽəɳ]'know'
Sindhiڄِڀَ [ʄɪbʱə] 'tongue'
Tunni[4][ʄooɡ-]'to stay'

See also

Notes

References

  • Connell, Bruce; Ahoua, Firmin; Gibbon, Dafydd (2002), "Ega", Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 32 (1): 99–104, doi:10.1017/S002510030200018X (subscription required)
  • Keer, Edward (1999), Geminates, The OCP and The Nature of CON, Rutgers University 
  • Mc Laughlin, Fiona (2005), "Voiceless implosives in Seereer-Siin", Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 35 (2): 201–214, doi:10.1017/S0025100305002215 (subscription required)
  • Tosco, Mauro (1997), Af Tunni: Grammar, texts, and glossary of a southern Somali dialect, Rüdiger Köppe, ISBN 3896450603 
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