Dental ejective fricative
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The dental ejective fricative is a rare type of consonantal sound, used in some spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ⟨θʼ⟩.


Features of the alveolar ejective fricative:


[θʼ] occurs in Modern South Arabian languages and is also reconstructed for the hypothetical Proto-Semitic language.[1]

Language Word IPA Meaning
Mehri diśkhawt̠̣'ā [diɬχɑʊ̯θʼɑː] 'to hate'
Yapese th'abii [θʼabiː] 'most'

See also


  1. ^ Simeone-Senelle, Marie-Claude (1997), "The Modern South Arabian Languages", in Hetzron, Robert (ed.), The Semitic Languages, London: Routledge, pp. 381–382