Voiced lateral click

Voiced lateral click
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Main article: Lateral clicks

The voiced lateral click is a click consonant found primarily among the languages of southern Africa. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ǁ̬ or ᶢǁ; a symbol abandoned by the IPA but still preferred by some linguists is ʖ̬ or ᶢʖ.

In languages which use the Bantu letters for clicks, this is most commonly written gx, but it is written dx in those languages that use g for the uvular fricative.


Features of the voiced lateral click:


Voiced lateral clicks are found primarily in the various Khoisan language families of southern Africa and in some neighboring Bantu languages.

Language Word IPA Meaning
Narodxàí cgàa [ᶢǁàí ǀχàː] = [ʖ̬àí ʇχàː]'cheek muscle'
Sandawe gxõgxe [ᶢǁṍːᶢǁê] = [ʖ̬ṍːʖ̬ê] 'male greater kudu'
Yeyi muawa [muᶢǁawa] = [muʖ̬awa] 'arrow'


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