Voiceless bilabial stop

Voiceless bilabial stop
p
IPA number 101
Encoding
Entity (decimal) p
Unicode (hex) U+0070
X-SAMPA p
Kirshenbaum p
Braille ⠏ (braille pattern dots-1234)
Listen

The voiceless bilabial stop is a type of consonantal sound used in many spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ⟨p⟩, and the equivalent X-SAMPA symbol is p.

Features[]

Features of the voiceless bilabial stop:

Varieties[]

IPA Description
p plain p
aspirated p
palatalized p
labialized p
p with no audible release
voiced p
tense p
ejective p

Occurrence[]

The stop [p] is missing from about 10% of languages that have a [b]. (See voiced velar stop for another such gap.) This is an areal feature of the "circum-Saharan zone" (Africa north of the equator, including the Arabian peninsula). It is not known how old this areal feature is, and whether it might be a recent phenomenon due to Arabic as a prestige language (Arabic lost its /p/ in prehistoric times), or whether Arabic was itself affected by a more ancient areal pattern. It is found in other areas as well; for example, in Europe, Proto-Celtic and Old Basque are both reconstructed as having [b] but no [p].

Nonetheless, the [p] sound is very common cross-linguistically. Most languages have at least a plain [p], and some distinguish more than one variety. Many Indo-Aryan languages, such as Hindustani, have a two-way contrast between the aspirated [pʰ] and the plain [p] (also transcribed as [p˭] in extensions to the IPA).

Examples[]

Language Word IPA Meaning Notes
Adyghe паӏо About this sound [paːʔʷa]  'hat'
Armenian Eastern[1] պապիկ About this sound [pɑpik]  'grandpa' Contrasts with aspirated form
Assyrian Neo-Aramaic pata [paːta] 'face'
Basque harrapatu [(h)arapatu] 'to catch'
Bengali Eastern পানি [pani:] 'water' Contrasts with aspirated form. See Bengali phonology
Chinese Cantonese 爆炸 / baauja About this sound [paːu˧ t͡saː˧] 'explosion' Contrasts with aspirated form. See Cantonese phonology
Mandarin 爆炸 / bàozhà About this sound [pɑʊ˥˩ tʂa˥˩] Contrasts with aspirated form. See Mandarin phonology
Catalan[2] parlar [pərˈɫa] 'to speak' See Catalan phonology
Czech pes [pɛs] 'dog' See Czech phonology
Danish Standard[3] bog [ˈpɔ̽ʊ̯ˀ] 'book' Usually transcribed in IPA with ⟨⟩ or ⟨b⟩. Contrasts with aspirated form, which is usually transcribed in IPA with ⟨⟩ or ⟨p⟩. See Danish phonology
Dutch[4] plicht [plɪxt] 'duty' See Dutch phonology
English pack [pʰæk] 'pack' See English phonology
Esperanto tempo [ˈtempo] 'time' See Esperanto phonology
Filipino pato [paˈto] 'duck'
Finnish pappa [pappa] 'grandpa' See Finnish phonology
French[5] pomme [pɔm] 'apple' See French phonology
German Pack [pʰak] 'pile' See Standard German phonology
Greek πόδι/pódi [ˈpo̞ði] 'leg' See Modern Greek phonology
Gujarati [pəɡ] 'foot' See Gujarati phonology
Hebrew פּקיד [pakid] 'clerk' See Modern Hebrew phonology
Hindustani पल / پرچم [pəl] 'moment' Contrasts with aspirated form. See Hindustani phonology
Hungarian pápa [ˈpaːpɒ] 'pope' See Hungarian phonology
Italian[6] papà [paˈpa] 'dad' See Italian phonology
Japanese[7] ポスト/posuto [posɯto] 'mailbox' See Japanese phonology
Kabardian пэ About this sound [pa]  'nose'
Korean /bit [pit̚] 'light' See Korean phonology
Lakota púza [ˈpʊza] 'dry'
Luxembourgish[8] bëlleg [ˈpə̹lə̹ɕ] 'cheap' Less often voiced [b]. It is usually transcribed /b/, and contrasts with voiceless aspirated form, which is usually transcribed /p/.[8] See Luxembourgish phonology
Macedonian пее [pɛː] 'sing' See Macedonian phonology
Malay panas [pänäs] 'hot'
Maltese aptit [apˈtit] 'appetite'
Marathi पाऊस [pɑːˈuːs] 'rain' See Marathi phonology
Mutsun po·čor [poːt͡ʃor] 'a sore'
Norwegian pappa [pɑpːɑ] 'dad' See Norwegian phonology
Pashto پانير [pɑˈnir] 'cheese'
Persian پول [pul] 'money'
Pirahã pibaóí [ˈpìbàóí̯] 'otter'
Polish[9] pas About this sound [päs]  'belt' See Polish phonology
Portuguese[10] pai [paj] 'father' See Portuguese phonology
Punjabi ਪੱਤਾ [pət̪ːäː] 'leaf'
Romanian pas [pas] 'step' See Romanian phonology
Russian[11] плод [pɫot̪] 'fruit' Contrasts with palatalized form. See Russian phonology
Slovak pes [pɛ̝s] 'dog'
Spanish[12] peso [ˈpe̞so̞] 'weight' See Spanish phonology
Swahili pombe [poᵐbɛ] 'beer'
Swedish apa [ˈɑːpʰa] 'ape' See Swedish phonology
Toki Pona pona [pona] 'good'
Tsez пу [pʰu] 'side' Contrasts with ejective form.
Turkish kap [kʰäp] 'pot' See Turkish phonology
Ukrainian[13] павук [pɐ.ˈβ̞uk] 'spider' See Ukrainian phonology
Vietnamese[14] nhíp [ɲip˧ˀ˥] 'tweezers' See Vietnamese phonology
West Frisian panne [ˈpɔnə] 'pan'
Yi /ba [pa˧] 'exchange' Contrasts aspirated and unaspirated forms.
Central Alaskan Yup'ik panik [panik] 'daughter'
Zapotec Tilquiapan[15] pan [paŋ] 'bread'

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