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Voiced velar lateral fricative

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Voiced velar lateral fricative
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The voiced velar lateral fricative is a very rare consonantal sound that can be found in Archi, a Northeast Caucasian language of Dagestan, in which it is clearly a fricative, although further forward than velars in most languages, and might better be called prevelar.[1]

It occurs as an intervocalic allophone of /𝼄/ in Nii and perhaps some related Wahgi languages of New Guinea.[citation needed]

The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that traditionally represents this sound is ⟨ʟ̝⟩, though in extIPA𝼄̬⟩ is preferred. The two symbols are equivalent.


Features of the voiced velar lateral fricative:


Language Word IPA Meaning Notes
Archi[1] наӏлъдут [naˤʟ̝dut] 'blue' Prevelar.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "The Archi Language Tutorial" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-09-04. Retrieved 2009-12-23. (The source uses the symbol for the voiced alveolar lateral fricative, ⟨ɮ⟩, but also notes that the sound to be prevelar.)