Voiceless bilabial nasal

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Voiceless bilabial nasal

The voiceless bilabial nasal is a type of consonantal sound, used in some spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ⟨⟩, a combination of the letter for the voiced bilabial nasal and a diacritic indicating voicelessness. The equivalent X-SAMPA symbol is m_0.

Features[edit]

Features of the voiceless bilabial nasal:

  • Its manner of articulation is occlusive, which means it is produced by obstructing airflow in the vocal tract. Since the consonant is also nasal, the blocked airflow is redirected through the nose.
  • Its place of articulation is bilabial, which means it is articulated with both lips.
  • Its phonation is voiceless, which means it is produced without vibrations of the vocal cords.
  • 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 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
Burmese[1] မှာ [m̥à] 'notice'
Central Alaskan Yup'ik[2] pisteḿun [ˈpistəm̥un] 'to the servant'
English m-hm [mm̥m] 'yes'; 'I see' To indicate paying attention during a conversation
Estonian lehm [ˈlehm̥] 'cow'
French prisme [pʁism̥] 'prism' Allophone of /m/.
Icelandic hampur [ˈham̥pʏr] 'hemp'
Jalapa Mazatec[3] [m̥a] 'black' Contrasts with a voiced and a laryngealized bilabial nasal.
Kildin Sami[4] лēӎӎьк [lʲeːm̥ʲːk] 'strap'
Welsh[5] fy mhen [və m̥ɛn] 'my head' Occurs as the nasal mutation of /p/.

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