|IPA number||119 (114)|
|Unicode (hex)||U+014B U+0361 U+006D|
The labial–velar nasal is found in West and Central Africa and eastern New Guinea.
Features of the labial–velar nasal:
- Its manner of articulation is occlusive, which means it is produced by obstructing airflow in the vocal tract. Since the consonant is also oral, with no nasal outlet, the airflow is blocked entirely, and the consonant is a stop.
- Its place of articulation is labial–velar, which means it is simultaneously articulated with the lips and with the back part of the tongue (the dorsum) against the soft palate (the velum). The dorsal closure is made and released slightly before the labial closure, but they overlap for most of their duration.
- 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.
- Because the sound is not produced with airflow over the tongue, the central–lateral 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.
|Vietnamese||đúng||[ɗuŋ͡m]||'correct'||Allophone of /ŋ/ after /u/ and /w/. See Vietnamese phonology|
In the Banks Islands languages which have it, the phoneme /ŋ͡mʷ/ is written 〈m̄〉 in local orthographies, using a macron on the corresponding bilabial. In other languages of Vanuatu further south (such as South Efate, or Lenakel), the same segment is spelled 〈m̃〉 with a combining tilde.
|Lakon||um̄ä||[uŋ͡mʷæ]||'house'||Labial-velar phoneme with approximant release|
|Mwesen||tam̄sar||[taŋ͡mʷsar]||'person'||Labial-velar phoneme with approximant release|
|Dorig||m̄sar||[ŋ͡mʷsar]||'poor'||Labial-velar phoneme with approximant release|
|Lenakel||noanəm̃ɨk||[noanəŋ͡mʷɨk]||'egg yolk'||Labial-velar phoneme with approximant release|
- See pp.458–461 of: Thompson, Laurence (1959), "Saigon phonemics", Language 35 (3): 454–476, doi:10.2307/411232, JSTOR 411232.
- See p.200 of François, Alexandre (2013), "Shadows of bygone lives: The histories of spiritual words in northern Vanuatu", in Mailhammer, Robert, Lexical and structural etymology: Beyond word histories, Studies in Language Change 11, Berlin: DeGruyter Mouton, pp. 185–244.
- See pp.430 of: François, Alexandre (2010), "Phonotactics and the prestopped velar lateral of Hiw: Resolving the ambiguity of a complex segment", Phonology 27 (3): 393–434, doi:10.1017/s0952675710000205
- See pp.89 of: Nehrbass, Kenneth. A Comprehensive Comparison of Lexemes in the Major Languages of Tanna, Vanuatu. SIL.