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Tenuis retroflex velar click
Tenuis retroflex uvular click

The voiceless or more precisely tenuis retroflex click is a rare click consonant. There is no symbol for it in the International Phonetic Alphabet. The Douglas Martyn Beach convention is ⟨⟩, used in practical orthography.[1]


Features of the tenuis retroflex click:


The tenuis retroflex click is only confirmed from a single language, Central !Kung.[2]

Language Word IPA Meaning Notes
Central !Kung [example needed]


  1. ^ Beach, Douglas Martyn (1938). The phonetics of the Hottentot language. London: W. Heffer & Sons.
  2. ^ Scott, Abigail; Miller, Amanda; Namaseb, Levi; Sands, Bonny; Shah, Sheena (June 2, 2010). "Retroflex Clicks in Two Dialects of ǃXung". University of Botswana, Department of African Languages.