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Alveolar lateral ejective fricative

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Alveolar lateral ejective fricative
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The alveolar lateral ejective fricative is a type of consonantal sound, reported in the Northwest Caucasian languages and in Modern South Arabian languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ⟨ɬʼ⟩.


Features of the alveolar lateral ejective fricative:


[ɬʼ] occurs in the reconstructed Proto-Semitic language.[1]

Language Word IPA Meaning Notes
Adyghe лIэшIэгъу [ɬʼaʃʼaʁʷə] 'century'
Kabardian плӀы [pɬʼə] 'four'
Tlingit[2] ook [ɬʼuːkʰ] ‘fish’

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  1. ^ Lyovin, Anatole (2017). An Introduction to the Languages of the World. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. p. 202. ISBN 9780195149883.
  2. ^ Ladefoged, Peter; Maddieson, Ian (1996). The Sounds of the World's Languages. Oxford: Blackwell. p. 213. ISBN 0-631-19815-6.

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