Voiced dental click

Voiced dental click
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Main article: Dental clicks

The voiced dental 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 ǀ̬ or ᶢǀ; a symbol abandoned by the IPA but still preferred by some linguists is ʇ̬ or ᶢʇ.

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


Features of the voiced dental click:


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

Language Word IPA Meaning
Gciriku Dciriku [ᶢǀiriku] = [ʇ̬iriku] 'Gciriku'
Sandawe gcĩgcoo [ᶢǀĩ̌ːᶢǀóː] = [ʇ̬ĩ̌ːʇ̬óː] (species of bird)
Yeyi kuawa [kuᶢǀawa] = [kuʇ̬awa] to 'cut grass'


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