Voiceless velar implosive

Voiceless velar implosive
ɠ̊
ƙ
kʼ↓

A voiceless velar implosive is a rare consonantal sound, used in some oral languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ⟨ɠ̊⟩ or ⟨kʼ↓⟩. A dedicated IPA letter, ⟨ƙ⟩, was withdrawn in 1993.

Features[]

Features of the voiced velar implosive:

Occurrence[]

A phonemic /ƙ/ has not been confirmed for any language. It has been claimed for Lendu, but it is more likely to be creaky-voiced /ɠ̰/, as in Hausa. Some English speakers use a voiceless velar implosive [ƙ] to imitate the "glug-glug" sound of liquid being poured from a bottle, though others use a voiced implosive [ɠ].[1]

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References[]

  1. ^ Pike, Phonetics, 1943:40