Voiceless palatal fricative
|Voiceless palatal fricative|
The voiceless palatal fricative is a type of consonantal sound used in some spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is 〈ç〉. The symbol ç is the letter c with a cedilla, as used to spell French and Portuguese words such as façade and ação. However, the sound represented by the letter ç in French, Portuguese and English orthography is not a voiceless palatal fricative but /s/, the voiceless alveolar fricative.
Palatal fricatives are relatively rare phonemes, and only 5% of the world's languages have /ç/ as a phoneme. The sound occurs, however, as an allophone of /x/ in German, or, in other languages, of /h/ in the vicinity of front vowels, such as the non-silent 'h' of huge as in most dialects of English.
Features of the voiceless palatal fricative:
- 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 palatal, which means it is articulated with the middle or back part of the tongue raised to the hard palate.
- 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 central consonant, which means it is produced by directing the airstream along the center of the tongue, rather than to the sides.
- The airstream mechanism is pulmonic, which means it is articulated by pushing air solely with the lungs and diaphragm, as in most sounds.
|Azerbaijani||Some dialects||çörək||[tʃœˈɾæç]||'bread'||Allophone of /c/.|
|Dutch||acht||[ɑçt]||'eight'||Common in southern dialects such as all of Dutch-speaking Belgium and southern provinces of the Netherlands. See Dutch phonology|
|English||hue||[çuː] (help·info)||'hue'||Allophone of /h/. See English phonology|
|Finnish||vihko||[ˈʋiçko̞]||'notebook'||Allophone of /h/. See Finnish phonology|
|German||nicht||[nɪçt] (help·info)||'not'||Allophone of /x/. See German phonology|
|Greek||χιόνι chióni||[ˈç̠o̞ni]||'snow'||Somewhat retracted. See Modern Greek phonology|
|Hungarian||kapj||[ˈkɒpç]||'get' (imperative)||Allophone of /j/ between a voiceless obstruent and a word boundary. See Hungarian phonology|
|Icelandic||hérna||[çjɛrtna]||'here'||See Icelandic phonology|
|Irish||a Sheáin||[ə çaːnʲ]||'John' (voc.)||See Irish phonology|
|Japanese||人 hito||[çi̥to̞]||'person'||Allophone of /h/ before /i/ and /j/. See Japanese phonology|
|Korean||힘 him||[çim]||'strength'||Allophone of /h/. See Korean phonology|
|Norwegian||kyss||[çʏsː]||'kiss'||See Norwegian phonology|
|Pashto||Ghilzai and Wardak dialects||پښه||[pça]||'foot'|
|Uzbek||[example needed]||Pre-velar with little friction. Occurs word-initially and pre-consonantally, otherwise it's post-velar.|
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