Voiceless velar stop

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Voiceless velar stop[edit]

Voiceless velar stop
k
IPA number 109
Encoding
Entity (decimal) k
Unicode (hex) U+006B
X-SAMPA k
Kirshenbaum k
Braille ⠅ (braille pattern dots-13)
Sound

The voiceless velar stop or voiceless velar plosive is a type of consonantal sound used in many spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is k, and the equivalent X-SAMPA symbol is k.

The [k] sound is a very common sound cross-linguistically. Most languages have at least a plain [k], and some distinguish more than one variety. Most Indo-Aryan languages, such as Hindi and Bengali, have a two-way contrast between aspirated and plain [k]. Only a few languages lack a voiceless velar stop, e.g. Tahitian.

Features[edit]

Features of the voiceless velar stop:

  • 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 velar, which means it is articulated with the back of the tongue at the soft palate.
  • Its phonation is voiceless, which means it is produced without vibrations of the vocal cords. In some languages the vocal cords are actively separated, so it is always voiceless; in others the cords are lax, so that it may take on the voicing of adjacent sounds.
  • It is an oral consonant, which means air is allowed to escape through the mouth only.
  • 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 pulmonic, which means it is articulated by pushing air solely with the lungs and diaphragm, as in most sounds.

Varieties[edit]

IPA Description
k plain k
aspirated k
palatalized k
labialized k
k with no audible release
voiced k
ejective k

Occurrence[edit]

Language Word IPA Meaning Notes
Abkhaz ақалақь [ˈakalakʲ] 'the city' See Abkhaz phonology
Adyghe Shapsug кӀэт [kʲat] 'chicken' Dialectal. Corresponds to [t͡ʃ] in other dialects.
Ahtna gistaann [kɪstʰɐːn] 'six'
Aleut[1] kiikax̂ [kiːkaχ] 'cranberry bush'
Arabic Standard[2] كتب [ˈkatabɐ] 'he wrote' See Arabic phonology
Armenian Eastern[3] քաղաք [kʰɑˈʁɑkʰ] 'town' Contrasts with unaspirated form.
Basque katu [kat̪u] 'cat'
Bengali [kɔm] 'less' Contrasts with aspirated form. See Bengali phonology
Bulgarian как [kak] 'how'
Catalan[4] quinze [ˈkinzə] 'fifteen' See Catalan phonology
Chinese Cantonese gaa1 [kaː˥] 'home' Contrasts with aspirated and or labialized forms. See Cantonese phonology
Mandarin gāo [kɑʊ˥] 'high' Contrasts with aspirated form. See Mandarin phonology
Czech kost [kost] 'bone' See Czech phonology
Dutch[5] koning [ˈkoːnɪŋ] 'king' See Dutch phonology
English kiss [kʰɪs] 'kiss' See English phonology
Estonian kõik [kɤik] 'all'
Esperanto kato [kato] 'cat'
Finnish kakku [kɑkːu] 'cake' See Finnish phonology
French[6] cabinet [kabinɛ] 'office' See French phonology
Georgian[7] ვა [kʰva] 'stone'
German Käfig [ˈkʰɛːfɪç] 'cage' See German phonology
Greek καλόγερος kalógeros [kaˈlo̞ʝe̞ro̞s̠] 'monk' See Modern Greek phonology
Gujarati કાંદો [kɑːnd̪oː] 'onion' See Gujarati phonology
Hebrew כסף kesef [ˈkesef] 'money' See Modern Hebrew phonology
Hindi काम [kɑːm] 'work' Contrasts with aspirated form. See Hindi-Urdu phonology
Hungarian akkor [ɒkkor] 'then' See Hungarian phonology
Italian[8] casa [ˈkaza] 'house' See Italian phonology
Japanese[9] kaban [kabaɴ] 'handbag' See Japanese phonology
Kagayanen[10] ? [kað̞aɡ] 'spirit'
Korean 키조개 kijogae [kʰid͡ʑoɡɛ] 'Atrina pectinata' See Korean phonology
Macedonian кој [kɔj] 'who' See Macedonian phonology
Marathi वच [kəʋət͡s] 'armour' Contrasts with aspirated form. See Marathi phonology
Lakota kimímela [kɪˈmɪmela] 'butterfly'
Malay kaki [käki] 'leg'
Norwegian kake [kɑːkɛ] 'cake' See Norwegian phonology
Pashto كال [kɑl] 'year'
Polish[11] buk About this sound [ˈbuk]  'beech tree' See Polish phonology
Portuguese[12] corpo [ˈkoɾpu] 'body' See Portuguese phonology
Punjabi ਕਰ [kəɾ] 'do' Contrasts with aspirated form.
Romanian[13] când [ˈkɨnd] 'when' See Romanian phonology
Russian[14] короткий About this sound [kɐˈrotkʲɪj]  'short' See Russian phonology
Slovak kosť [kosc] 'bone'
Spanish[15] casa [ˈkasa] 'house' See Spanish phonology
Swedish ko [ˈkʰuː] 'cow' See Swedish phonology
Turkish kulak [kʰuɫäk] 'ear' See Turkish phonology
Ubykh ? [needs IPA] 'slat' Found mostly in loanwords. See Ubykh phonology
Ukrainian колесо [ˈkɔɫɛsɔ] 'wheel' See Ukrainian phonology
Urdu کتاب [kɪtɑːb] 'book' Contrasts with aspirated form. See Hindi-Urdu phonology
Vietnamese[16] cam [kaːm] 'orange' See Vietnamese phonology
West Frisian keal [kɪəl] 'calf'
Yi ge [kɤ˧] 'foolish' Contrasts aspirated and unaspirated forms.
Zapotec Tilquiapan[17] canza [kanza] 'walking'

Voiceless pre-velar stop[edit]

Voiceless pre-velar stop

The voiceless pre-velar stop or voiceless pre-velar plosive is a consonant occurring in standard Modern Greek. It's equally valid to use the term post-palatal instead of pre-velar, since they're essentially equivalent.

Features[edit]

Features of the voiceless pre-velar stop:

  • 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 pre-velar, which means it is articulated with the back of the tongue raised between the hard and the soft palate.
  • Its phonation is voiceless, which means it is produced without vibrations of the vocal cords. In some languages the vocal cords are actively separated, so it is always voiceless; in others the cords are lax, so that it may take on the voicing of adjacent sounds.
  • It is an oral consonant, which means air is allowed to escape through the mouth only.
  • 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 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
Catalan[18] adquirir [ət̪k̟iˈɾi(ɾ)] 'to acquire' Allophone of /k/ before front vowels.[18] See Catalan phonology
English[19][20] keen [k̟ʰiːn] 'keen' Allophone of /k/ before front vowels and /j/,[20] in Australia it may be (less commonly) palatal instead.[20] See Australian English phonology
Greek[21] Μακεδνός About this sound [mɐc̠e̞ˈðno̞s̠]  'Makedon' See Modern Greek phonology
Italian Standard[22] chi [k̟i] 'who(m)' Allophone of /k/ before /i e ɛ j/.[22] See Italian phonology

Voiceless post-velar stop[edit]

Voiceless post-velar stop

The voiceless post-velar stop or voiceless post-velar plosive is a consonant occurring in Australian English. It's equally valid to use the term pre-uvular instead of post-velar, since they're essentially equivalent.

Features[edit]

Features of the voiceless post-velar stop:

  • 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 post-velar, which means it is articulated with the back of the tongue raised between the soft palate and the uvula.
  • Its phonation is voiceless, which means it is produced without vibrations of the vocal cords. In some languages the vocal cords are actively separated, so it is always voiceless; in others the cords are lax, so that it may take on the voicing of adjacent sounds.
  • It is an oral consonant, which means air is allowed to escape through the mouth only.
  • 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 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
English Australian[20] caught [ḵʰoːt] 'caught' Allophone of /k/ before /ʊ oː ɔ oɪ ʊə/.[20] See Australian English phonology
Western Neo-Aramaic Bakh'a [example needed] Somewhat more front in Ma'loula.
Ma'loula

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