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. 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 лӀы About this sound[ɬʼə]  'man'
Kabardian плӀы About this sound[pɬʼə]  'four'
Tlingit[2] ook About this sound[ɬʼuːkʰ]  ‘fish’

See also[edit]


  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 978-0-631-19815-4.

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