Voiceless alveolar nasal

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Voiceless alveolar nasal
IPA number 116 402A
Encoding
X-SAMPA n_0

The voiceless alveolar nasal is a type of consonantal sound, used in some spoken languages. The symbols in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represent this sound are and , combinations of the letter for the voiced alveolar nasal and a diacritic indicating voicelessness, either above or below the letter. The equivalent X-SAMPA symbol is n_0.

Features[edit]

Features of the voiceless alveolar nasal:

  • Its manner of articulation is occlusive, which means it is produced by obstructing airflow in the vocal tract. Because the consonant is also nasal, the blocked airflow is redirected through the nose.
  • There are four specific variants of [n̥]:
    • Dental, which means it is articulated with either the tip or the blade of the tongue at the upper teeth, termed respectively apical and laminal.
    • Denti-alveolar, which means it is articulated with the blade of the tongue at the alveolar ridge, and the tip of the tongue behind upper teeth.
    • 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.
    • Postalveolar, which means it is articulated with either the tip or the blade of the tongue behind the alveolar ridge, termed respectively apical and laminal.
  • Its phonation is voiceless, which means it is produced without vibrations of the vocal cords.
  • It is a nasal consonant, which means air is allowed to escape through the nose, either exclusively (nasal stops) or in addition to through the mouth.
  • Because the sound is not produced with airflow over the tongue, the centrallateral dichotomy does not apply.
  • 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]

Alveolar[edit]

Language Word IPA Meaning Notes
Burmese[1] နှာ [n̥à] 'nose'
Central Alaskan Yup'ik[2] ceńa [t͡səˈn̥a] 'edge'
Estonian lasn [ˈlɑsn̥] 'wooden peel'
Icelandic[3] hrafn [ˈr̥apn̥] 'raven' See Icelandic phonology
Jalapa Mazatec[4] [n̥ɛ] 'falls' Contrasts with a voiced and a laryngealized alveolar nasal.
Kildin Sami[5] чоӊтэ [t͡ʃɔn̥te] 'to turn'
Welsh[6] fy nhad [və n̥aːd] 'my father' Occurs as the nasal mutation of /t/. See Welsh phonology

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