Voiceless alveolar implosive

Voiceless alveolar implosive

A voiceless alveolar implosive is a rare consonantal sound, used in some spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ɗ̥ or tʼ↓. A dedicated IPA letter, ƭ, was withdrawn in 1993.


Features of the voiced alveolar implosive:


A rare and evidently unstable sound, /ɗ̥/ is found in Serer of Senegal, the Owere dialect of Igbo in Nigeria, and in some dialects of the Poqomchi’ and Quiche languages of Guatemala. Owere Igbo has a seven-way contrast among alveolar stops, /tʰ t ƭ dʱ d ɗ n/.

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