Retroflex ejective stop
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The retroflex ejective is a rare consonantal sound, used in some spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ⟨ʈʼ⟩.


Features of the retroflex ejective:


Language Word IPA Meaning Notes
Gwichʼin etr'uu [ɛʈʼuː] arctic tern
Yokuts Wukchumni ṭʼa∙yʼ [ʈʼaːjˀ] feather-down Phonemically distinct, not found in other Yokuts dialects
English Indian beet [biːʈʼ] 'beet' This sound usually occurs at the end of a phrase as an allophone of /t/.

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