Voiceless labiodental fricative

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Voiceless labiodental fricative
f
IPA number 128
Encoding
Entity (decimal) f
Unicode (hex) U+0066
X-SAMPA f
Kirshenbaum f
Braille ⠋ (braille pattern dots-124)
Sound

The voiceless labiodental fricative is a type of consonantal sound, used in a number of spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is f.

Features[edit]

Features of the voiceless labiodental fricative:

  • Its manner of articulation is fricative, which means it is produced by constricting air flow through a narrow channel at the place of articulation, causing turbulence.
  • Its place of articulation is labiodental, which means it is articulated with the lower lip and the upper teeth.
  • Its phonation is voiceless, which means it is produced without vibrations of the vocal cords. In some languages the vocal cords are actively separated, so it is always voiceless; in others the cords are lax, so that it may take on the voicing of adjacent sounds.
  • It is an oral consonant, which means air is allowed to escape through the mouth only.
  • Because the sound is not produced with airflow over the tongue, the centrallateral dichotomy does not apply.
  • The airstream mechanism is pulmonic, which means it is articulated by pushing air solely with the lungs and diaphragm, as in most sounds.

Occurrence[edit]

Language Word IPA Meaning Notes
Abkhaz фы [fə] 'lightning' See Abkhaz phonology
Adyghe тфы About this sound [tfə]  'five' Corresponds to [xʷ] in Kabardian and Proto-Circassian
Albanian faqe [facɛ] 'cheek'
Arabic Standard[1] ظرف [ðˤɑrf] 'envelope' See Arabic phonology
Armenian Eastern[2] ֆուտբոլ About this sound [fut̪bol]  'football'
Basque fin [fin] 'thin'
Catalan[3] fase [ˈfazə] 'phase' See Catalan phonology
Chechen факс / faks [faks] 'fax'
Chinese Cantonese fat6 [fɐt˨] 'Buddha' See Cantonese phonology
Mandarin fēi [feɪ̯˥] 'to fly' See Mandarin phonology
Coptic ϥⲧⲟⲟⲩ [ftow] 'four'
Czech foukat [foʊ̯kat] 'to blow' See Czech phonology
Dutch[4] fiets [fits] 'bike' See Dutch phonology
English All dialects fill [fɪl] 'fill' See English phonology
Baltimorese think [fɪŋk] 'think' Heard mostly in the speech of infants who have yet to master the /θ/ sound. Otherwise, it is only ever heard in adult speech when the speaker in question speaks either some Cockney or South African English dialect. Allegedly also present in the speech of lower class speakers of the Estuary dialect. Corresponds to /θ/ in other dialects. See th-fronting
Cockney
Estuary
South African
Ewe[5] ? [éfá] 'he was cold'
French[6] fabuleuse [fabyløz] 'fabulous' See French phonology
Galician faísca [faˈiska] 'spark'
German fade [faːdə] 'insipid' See German phonology
Goemai [fat] 'to blow'
Greek φύση fysī [ˈfisi] 'nature' See Modern Greek phonology
Gujarati faļ [fəɭ] 'fruit' See Gujarati phonology
Hebrew סופר [so̞fe̞ʁ] 'writer' See Modern Hebrew phonology
Hindi साफ़ [sɑːf] 'clean' See Hindustani phonology
Hungarian figyel [fiɟɛl] 'he/she pays attention' See Hungarian phonology
Italian fantasma [fanˈta.zma] 'ghost' See Italian phonology
Kabardian фыз [fəz] 'woman' Corresponds to [ʂʷ] in Adyghe and Proto-Circassian
Kabyle afus [afus] 'hand'
Macedonian фонетика [fɔnetika] 'phonetics' See Macedonian phonology
Malay feri [feri] 'ferry'
Maltese fenek [fenek] 'rabbit'
Norwegian filter [filtɛɾ] 'filter' See Norwegian phonology
Polish[7] futro About this sound [ˈfut̪rɔ]  'fur' See Polish phonology
Portuguese[8] fogo [ˈfoɡʊ] 'fire' See Portuguese phonology
Punjabi ਫ਼ੌਜੀ [fɔːd͡ʒi] 'soldier'
Romanian[9] foc [fo̞k] 'fire' See Romanian phonology
Russian[10] орфография [ɐrfɐˈɡrafʲɪjə] 'orthography' Contrasts with palatalized form. See Russian phonology
Slovak fúkať [fuːkac] 'to blow'
Somali feex [fɛħ] 'wart' See Somali phonology
Spanish[11] fantasma [fã̈n̪ˈt̪äzmä] 'ghost' See Spanish phonology
Swedish fisk [ˈfɪsk] 'fish' See Swedish phonology
Turkish saf [säf] 'pure' See Turkish phonology
Ukrainian Фастів [ˈfɑ.sʲtʲiw] 'Fastiv' See Ukrainian phonology
Urdu صاف [sɑːf] 'clean' See Hindustani phonology
Vietnamese[12] pháo [faːw˧ˀ˥] 'firecracker' See Vietnamese phonology
Welsh ffon [fɔn] 'stick' See Welsh phonology
West Frisian fol [foɫ] 'full'
Yi fu [fu˧] 'roast'
Zapotec Tilquiapan[13] cafe [kafɘ] 'coffee' Used primarily in loanwords from Spanish

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

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