Palato-alveolar ejective fricative

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palato-alveolar ejective fricative

The palato-alveolar ejective fricative is a type of consonantal sound, used in some spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ʃʼ.


Features of the palato-alveolar ejective fricative:

  • 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.


Language Word IPA Meaning
Adyghe шӀэп About this sound [ʃʼap]  'not exist'

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