Voiceless dental and alveolar lateral fricatives

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Voiceless alveolar lateral fricative
ɬ
IPA Number148
Audio sample
Encoding
Entity (decimal)ɬ
Unicode (hex)U+026C
X-SAMPAK
Braille⠦ (braille pattern dots-236)⠇ (braille pattern dots-123)
Voiceless alveolar lateral approximant
IPA Number155 402A
Encoding
X-SAMPAl_0

The voiceless alveolar lateral fricative is a type of consonantal sound, used in some spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents voiceless dental, alveolar, and postalveolar lateral fricatives is [ɬ], and the equivalent X-SAMPA symbol is K. The symbol [ɬ] is called "belted l" and is distinct from "l with tilde", [ɫ], which transcribes a different sound, the velarized (or pharynɡealized) alveolar lateral approximant, often called "dark L".

Some scholars also posit the voiceless alveolar lateral approximant distinct from the fricative. The approximant may be represented in the IPA as ⟨⟩.

Features[edit]

Features of the voiceless alveolar lateral fricative:[citation needed]

  • Its manner of articulation is fricative, which means it is produced by constricting air flow through a narrow channel at the place of articulation, causing turbulence.
  • Its place of articulation is alveolar, which means it is articulated with either the tip or the blade of the tongue at the alveolar ridge, termed respectively apical and laminal.
  • 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 lateral consonant, which means it is produced by directing the airstream over the sides of the tongue, rather than down the middle.
  • The airstream mechanism is pulmonic, which means it is articulated by pushing air solely with the intercostal muscles and diaphragm, as in most sounds.

Occurrence[edit]

The sound is fairly common among indigenous languages of the Americas, such as Nahuatl and Navajo,[1] and in North Caucasian languages, such as Avar.[2] It is also found in African languages, such as Zulu, and Asian languages, such as Chukchi, some Yue dialects like Taishanese, the Hlai languages of Hainan, and several Formosan languages and dialects in Taiwan.[3]

The sound is rare in European languages outside the Caucasus, but it is found notably in Welsh in which it is written ⟨ll⟩.[4] Several Welsh names beginning with this sound (Llwyd [ɬʊɨd], Llywelyn [ɬəˈwɛlɨn]) have been borrowed into English and then retain the Welsh ⟨ll⟩ spelling but are pronounced with an /l/ (Lloyd, Llewellyn), or they are substituted with ⟨fl⟩ (pronounced /fl/) (Floyd, Fluellen). It was also found in certain dialects of Lithuanian Yiddish.

The phoneme /ɬ/ was also found in the most ancient Hebrew speech of the Ancient Israelites. The orthography of Biblical Hebrew, however, did not directly indicate the phoneme since it and several other phonemes of Ancient Hebrew did not have a grapheme of their own. The phoneme, however, is clearly attested by later developments: /ɬ/ was written with ⟨ש⟩, but the letter was also used for the sound /ʃ/. Later, /ɬ/ merged with /s/, a sound that had been written only with ⟨ס⟩. As a result, three etymologically distinct modern Hebrew phonemes can be distinguished: /s/ written ⟨ס⟩, /ʃ/ written ⟨ש⟩ (with later niqqud pointing שׁ), and /s/ evolving from /ɬ/ and written ⟨ש⟩ (with later niqqud pointing שׂ). The specific pronunciation of ⟨ש⟩ evolving from /s/ from [ɬ] is known based on comparative evidence since /ɬ/ is the corresponding Proto-Semitic phoneme and is still attested in Modern South Arabian languages,[5] and early borrowings indicate it from Ancient Hebrew (e.g. balsam < Greek balsamon < Hebrew baśam). The phoneme /ɬ/ began to merge with /s/ in Late Biblical Hebrew, as is indicated by interchange of orthographic ⟨ש⟩ and ⟨ס⟩, possibly under the influence of Aramaic, and became the rule in Mishnaic Hebrew.[6][7] In all Jewish reading traditions, /ɬ/ and /s/ have merged completely, but in Samaritan Hebrew /ɬ/ has instead merged into /ʃ/.[6]

The [ɬ] sound is also found in two of the constructed languages invented by J. R. R. Tolkien, Sindarin (inspired by Welsh) and Quenya (inspired by Finnish, Ancient Greek, and Latin).[8][9] In Sindarin, it is written as ⟨lh⟩ initially and ⟨ll⟩ medially and finally, and in Quenya, it appears only initially and is written ⟨hl⟩.

Dental or denti-alveolar[edit]

Language Word IPA Meaning Notes
Amis Kangko dialect [example needed] Allophonic variation of word-final /ɮ/.[10]
Mapudungun[11] kagü [kɜˈɣɘɬ̪] 'phlegm that is spit' Interdental; possible utterance-final allophone of /l̪/.[11]
Norwegian Trondheim dialect[12] lt [s̪aɬ̪t̪] 'sold' Laminal denti-alveolar; allophone of /l/. Also described as an approximant.[13] See Norwegian phonology
Sahaptin [łḵʼɑm] 'moccasins' Contrasts approximant /l/.[14]
Turkish[15] yol [ˈjo̞ɫ̪̊] 'way' Devoiced allophone of velarized dental /ɫ/, frequent finally and before voiceless consonants.[15] See Turkish phonology

Alveolar[edit]

Language Word IPA Meaning Notes
Ahtna[16] dzeł [tsɛɬ] 'mountain'
Avar[17] лъабго [ˈɬabɡo] 'three'[18]
Basay lanum [ɬanum] 'water'
Berber Ait Seghrouchen altu [æˈɬʊw] 'not yet' Allophone of /lt/.[19]
Brahui teł [t̪e:ɬ] 'scorpion' Contrasts /l ɬ/.[20]
Bunun Isbukun dialect ludun [ɬuɗun] 'mountain' Voiceless allophone of /l/ among some speakers.[21]
Bura[22] [example needed] Contrasts with [ɮ] and [ʎ̝̊].[22]
Central Alaskan Yup'ik[23] talliq [taɬiq] 'arm'
Cherokee Oklahoma Cherokee tlha, kiihli [tɬá]~[ɬá], [ɡiːl̥í]~[ɡiːɬí] 'not', 'dog' In free variation with affricate /tɬ/ among some speakers.[24] Also an alternative pronunciation of voiceless lateral approximant [l̥], a realization of cluster /hl/.[25]
Chickasaw[26] lhipa [ɬipa] 'it is dry'
Chinese Taishanese[27] [ɬam˧] 'three' Corresponds to [s] in Standard Cantonese
Pinghua
Pu-Xian Min [ɬua˥˧˧] 'sand'
Chipewyan[28] łue [ɬue] 'fish'
Chukchi[29] [p(ə)ɬekət] 'shoes'
Danish Standard[30] plads [ˈpl̥æs] 'square' Before /l/, aspiration of /p, t, k/ is realized as devoicing of /l/.[30] See Danish phonology
Dahalo[31] [ɬunno] 'stew' Contrasts palatal /ʎ̝̊/ and labialized /ɬʷ/.[32]
Dogrib ło [ɬo] 'smoke' Contrasts voiced /ɮ/.[33]
Eyak qeł [qʰɛʔɬ] 'woman' Contrasts approximant /l/.[34]
Fali [paɬkan] 'shoulder'
Forest Nenets хару [xaɬʲu] 'rain' Contrasts palatalized /ɬʲ/.[35]
Greenlandic illu [iɬɬu] 'house' Realization of underlying geminate /l/.[36] See Greenlandic phonology
Hadza[37] sleme [ɬeme] 'man'
Haida[38] tla'únhl [tɬʰʌʔʊ́nɬ] 'six'
Halkomelem[39] ɬ'eqw [ɬeqw] 'wet'
Hla'alua[40] lhatenge[41] [ɬɑtɨŋɨ] 'vegetable'
Hlai [ɬa⁵³]~[ɬa³³]][42] 'fish' Contrasts voiced approximant /l/.[43]
Hmong hli [ɬi]  'moon'
Inuktitut akłak [akɬak] 'grizzly bear' See Inuit phonology
Kabardian лъы [ɬə]  'blood' Contrasts voiced /ɮ/ and glottalic /ɬʼ/.[44]
Kaska tsį̄ł [tsʰĩːɬ] 'axe'
Kham Gamale Kham[45] ह्ला [ɬɐ] 'leaf'
Khroskyabs[46] ? [ɬ-sá] 'kill' (causative)
Lillooet[47] lhésp [ɬə́sp] 'rash'[48]
Lushootseed[49] łukʷał [ɬukʷaɬ] 'sun'
Mapudungun[11] kaül [kɜˈɘɬ] 'a different song' Possible utterance-final allophone of /l/.[11]
Mochica paxllær [paɬøɾ] Phaseolus lunatus
Moloko sla [ɬa] 'cow'
Mongolian лхагва [ˈɬaw̜ɐk] 'Wednesday' Only in loanwords from Tibetan;[50] here from ལྷག་པ (lhag-pa)
Muscogee[51] páɬko [pəɬko] 'grape'
Nahuatl āltepētl [aːɬˈtɛpɛːt͡ɬ] 'city' Allophone of /l/
Navajo ł [ɬaʔ] 'some' See Navajo phonology
Nisga'a hloks [ɬoks] 'sun'
Norwegian Trøndersk tatlete [ˈtɑɬɑt] 'weak', 'small' Contrasts alveolar approximant /l/, apical postalveolar approximant /ɭ/, and laminal postalveolar approximant /l̠/.[52]
Nuosu [ɬu³³] 'to fry' Contrasts approximant /l/.[53]
Nuxalk płt [pɬt] 'thick' Contrasts with affricates /t͡ɬʰ/ and /t͡ɬʼ/, and approximant /l/.[54]
Saanich[55] Ƚel [ɬəl] 'splash'
Saaroa rahli [raɬi] 'chief'
Sandawe lhaa [ɬáː] 'goat'
Sassarese morthu [ˈmoɬtu]  'dead'
Sawi ɬo [ɬo] 'three'[56] Contrasts approximant /l/.[57] Developed from earlier *tr- consonant cluster.[58]
Shuswap ɬept [ɬept] 'fire is out'
Sotho ho hlahloba [ho ɬɑɬɔbɑ] 'to examine' See Sotho phonology
Swedish Jämtlandic kallt [kaɬt] 'cold' See Swedish phonology
Taos łiwéna [ɬìˈwēnæ] 'wife' See Taos phonology
Tera[59] tleebi [ɬè̞ːbi] 'side'
Thao kilhpul [kiɬpul] 'star'
Tlingit lingít [ɬɪ̀nkɪ́tʰ] 'Tlingit'
Toda kał [kaɬ] 'to learn' Contrasts /l ɬ ɭ ɭ̊˔ (ꞎ)/.[60]
Ukrainian[61] смисл [s̪mɪs̪l̥] 'sense' Word-final allophone of /l/ after voiceless consonants.[61] See Ukrainian phonology
Tsez лъи [ɬi]  'water'
Vietnamese Gin dialect[62] [ɬiu˧] 'small'
Welsh[63] tegell [ˈtɛɡɛɬ] 'kettle' See Welsh phonology
Xhosa[64] sihlala [síˈɬaːla] 'we stay'
Xumi Lower[65] [ʁul̥o˦] 'head' Described as an approximant. Contrasts with the voiced /l/.[65][66]
Upper[66] [bə˦l̥ä̝˦] 'to open a lock'
Yurok[67] kerhl [kɚɬ] 'earring'
Zulu ihlahla [iɬaɬa] 'twig' Contrasts voiced /ɮ/.[68]
Zuni asdemła [ʔastemɬan] 'ten'

Alveolar approximant[edit]

Language Word IPA Meaning Notes
Aleut Western Aleut hlax̂ [l̥aχ] 'boy' Contrasts with voiced /l/. Merged in Eastern Aleut.[69]
Estonian[70] mahl [mɑ̝hːl̥] 'juice' Word-final allophone of /l/ after /t, s, h/.[70] See Estonian phonology
Faroese hjálpa [jɔl̥pa] 'to help' Allophone of /l/ before fortis plosives.[71]
Icelandic hlaða [l̥aːða] 'warm' Contrasts with voiced /l/. Allophonic variation of /l/ before fortis plosives.[72] See Icelandic phonology.
Northern Sámi Eastern Inland lkká [pæl̥kæ] 'salary' Allophone of underlying cluster /lh/[73]
Southern Nambikwara[74] [haˈlawl̥u] 'cane toad'[74] Allophonic variation of /l/.[74]
Pipil[75] [example needed] Contrasted voiced /l/ in some now-extinct dialects.[75]

Semitic languages[edit]

The sound is conjectured as a phoneme for Proto-Semitic language, usually transcribed as ś; it has evolved into Arabic [ʃ], Hebrew [s]:

Proto-Semitic Akkadian Arabic Phoenician Hebrew Aramaic Ge'ez
ś ش š š š שׂ s ܫ s ś

Among Semitic languages, the sound still exists in contemporary Soqotri[citation needed] and Mehri.[76] In Ge'ez, it is written with the letter Śawt.[citation needed]

Capital letter[edit]

Latin Capital Letter L with Belt

Since the IPA letter "ɬ" has been adopted into the standard orthographies for many native North American languages, a capital letter L with belt "Ɬ" was requested by academics and added to the Unicode Standard version 7.0 in 2014 at U+A7AD.[77][78]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ McDonough, Joyce (2003). The Navajo Sound System. Cambridge: Kluwer. ISBN 1-4020-1351-5.
  2. ^ Laver, John (1994). Principles of Phonetics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 257–258. ISBN 0-521-45655-X.
  3. ^ Henry Y., Chang (2000). 噶瑪蘭語參考語法 [Kavalan Grammar]. Taipei: 遠流 (Yuan-Liou). pp. 43–45. ISBN 9573238985.
  4. ^ Ladefoged & Maddieson (1996), p. 203.
  5. ^ Blau (2010:77)
  6. ^ a b Blau (2010:69)
  7. ^ Rendsburg (1997:73)
  8. ^ Helge, Fauskanger. "Sindarin – the Noble Tongue". Ardalambion. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  9. ^ Helge, Fauskanger. "Quenya Course". Ardalambion. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  10. ^ Maddieson & Wright (1995), p. 47.
  11. ^ a b c d Sadowsky et al. (2013), pp. 88, 91.
  12. ^ Kristoffersen (2000), p. 79.
  13. ^ Vanvik (1979), p. 36.
  14. ^ Jansen (2010), p. 38.
  15. ^ a b Zimmer & Orgun (1999), pp. 154–155.
  16. ^ Tuttle (2008), p. 464.
  17. ^ Gippert (2000).
  18. ^ Dellert et al. (2020).
  19. ^ Abdel-Massih (2011), p. 20.
  20. ^ Krishnamurti (2003), p. 77.
  21. ^ Lin (2018), p. 128.
  22. ^ a b Grønnum (2005), pp. 154–155.
  23. ^ Miyaoka (2012), p. 52.
  24. ^ Uchihara (2016), p. 42.
  25. ^ Uchihara (2016), p. 45.
  26. ^ Gordon, Munro & Ladefoged (2002), p. 287.
  27. ^ Taishanese Dictionary & Resources
  28. ^ Li (1946), p. 398.
  29. ^ Dunn (1999), p. 43.
  30. ^ a b Basbøll (2005), pp. 65–66.
  31. ^ Maddieson et al. (1993), p. 27.
  32. ^ Maddieson et al. (1993), p. 41.
  33. ^ Coleman (1976), p. 8.
  34. ^ Krauss (2016), p. 167.
  35. ^ Salminen (2007), p. 365.
  36. ^ Stefanelli (2019), p. 30.
  37. ^ Sands, Maddieson & Ladefoged (1993), p. 68.
  38. ^ Enrico (2003), p. 10.
  39. ^ Galloway (1977), pp. 2–3.
  40. ^ Pan (2012), pp. 22–23.
  41. ^ Pan (2012), p. 169.
  42. ^ Ostapirat (2008), p. 625.
  43. ^ Yuan (1994), pp. 1–2.
  44. ^ Kuipers (1960), p. 18.
  45. ^ Wilde, Christopher P. (2016). "Gamale Kham phonology revisited, with Devanagari-based orthography and lexicon". Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society. ISSN 1836-6821.
  46. ^ Lai, Yunfan (June 2013b). La morphologie affixale du lavrung wobzi (Master's thesis) (in French). Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris III.
  47. ^ Van Eijk (1997), p. 2.
  48. ^ Van Eijk (1997), p. 64.
  49. ^ Beck (1999), p. 2.
  50. ^ Svantesson et al. (2005), pp. 30–33.
  51. ^ Martin (2011), p. 47.
  52. ^ Endresen & Simonsen (2000), p. 246.
  53. ^ Edmondson, Esling & Lama (2017), p. 88.
  54. ^ Newman (1947), p. 129.
  55. ^ Montler (1986).
  56. ^ Liljegren (2009), p. 34.
  57. ^ Liljegren (2009), p. 31.
  58. ^ Liljegren (2009), p. 36.
  59. ^ Tench (2007), p. 228.
  60. ^ Krishnamurti (2003), p. 66.
  61. ^ a b Danyenko & Vakulenko (1995), p. 10.
  62. ^ Wei (2006), p. 14.
  63. ^ Hannahs (2013), p. 18.
  64. ^ Le Doeuff (2020), p. 6.
  65. ^ a b Chirkova & Chen (2013), pp. 365, 367–368.
  66. ^ a b Chirkova, Chen & Kocjančič Antolík (2013), pp. 382–383.
  67. ^ "Yurok consonants". Yurok Language Project. UC Berkeley. Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  68. ^ Poulos & Msimang (1998), p. 480.
  69. ^ Taff et al. (2001), p. 234.
  70. ^ a b Asu & Teras (2009), p. 368.
  71. ^ Árnason (2011), p. 124.
  72. ^ Árnason (2011), p. 110.
  73. ^ Aikio & Ylikoski (2022), p. 154.
  74. ^ a b c Netto (2018), p. 127.
  75. ^ a b Aquino (2019), p. 228.
  76. ^ Howe, Darin (2003). Segmental Phonology. University of Calgary. p. 22.
  77. ^ Joshua M Jensen, Karl Pentzlin, 2012-02-08, Proposal to encode a Latin Capital Letter L with Belt
  78. ^ "Unicode Character 'LATIN CAPITAL LETTER L WITH BELT' (U+A7AD)". www.fileformat.info. FileFormat.Info. Retrieved 20 June 2020.

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