Dental nasal click

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Dental nasal click
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Main articles: Dental clicks and nasal clicks

The dental nasal click is a click consonant found primarily among the languages of southern Africa. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ǀ̃ or ᵑǀ; a symbol abandoned by the IPA but still preferred by some linguists is ʇ̃ or ᵑʇ.

Features[edit]

Features of the dental nasal click:

  • The airstream mechanism is lingual ingressive (also known as velaric ingressive), which means a pocket of air trapped between two closures is rarefied by a "sucking" action of the tongue, rather than being moved by the glottis or the lungs/diaphragm. The release of the forward closure produces the "click" sound. Voiced and nasal clicks have a simultaneous pulmonic egressive airstream.
  • Its place of articulation is dental, which means it is articulated with the tongue at either the upper or lower teeth, or both. (Most stops and liquids described as dental are actually denti-alveolar.)
  • Its phonation is voiced, which means the vocal cords vibrate during the articulation. However, in some languages (like Swiss German) it can just mean that this consonant is pronounced shorter and weaker than its voiceless counterpart, while its voicedness or lack thereof is not relevant. In such cases it's more accurate to call such sounds lenis or lax.
  • It is a nasal consonant, which means air is allowed to escape through the nose, either exclusively (nasal stops) or in addition to through the mouth.
  • 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[edit]

Dental nasal clicks are found primarily in the various Khoisan language families of southern Africa and in some neighboring Bantu languages.

Language Word IPA Meaning
Zulu incwancwa [iᵑǀwáːᵑǀwa] = [iʇ̃wáːʇ̃wa] sour corn meal
Hadza minca [miᵑǀa] = [miʇ̃a] to smack one's lips
Khoekhoe ǀnam [ǀnȁm̀] = [ʇ̃ȁm̀] to love

Glottalized dental nasal click[edit]

Glottalized
dental nasal click
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Main article: Glottalized clicks

All Khoisan languages, and a few Bantu languages, have glottalized nasal clicks. These are formed by closing the glottis so that the click is pronounced in silence; however, any preceding vowel will be nasalized.

Language Word IPA Meaning
Hadza tacce [taᵑǀˀe] = [taʇ̃ˀe] rope
Naro Xgaoc’õ [ǁχao̯ᵑǀˀõ] = [ʖχao̯ʇ̃ˀõ] (personal name)
Khoekhoe ǀoroǀoro [ᵑǀˀòɾőᵑǀˀòɾȍ] = [ʇ̃ˀòɾőʇ̃ˀòɾȍ] to wear s.t. out
Xhosa umchankcatho [umǀʰaᵑǀˀatʰo] = [umʇʰaʇ̃ˀatʰo] a bridge

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