Palatal ejective

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Palatal ejective
IPA number 107 + 401
Encoding
Entity (decimal) c​ʼ
Unicode (hex) U+0063 U+02BC
X-SAMPA c_>
Kirshenbaum c`
Sound

The palatal ejective is a type of consonantal sound, used in some spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is .

Features[edit]

Features of the palatal ejective:

  • 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 ejective (glottalic egressive), which means the air is forced out by pumping the glottis upward.

Occurrence[edit]

This sound is largely confined to the indigenous languages of the Americas. It sometimes contrasts with a tʃʼ, but does not always do so. It occurs in:

See also[edit]