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Velar ejective affricate
kxʼ
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The velar ejective affricate is a type of consonantal sound, used in some spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is kxʼ. [kxʼ] is a common realization of a velar ejective often transcribed /kʼ/, and it is rare for a language to distinguish /kʼ/ and /kxʼ/, though several of the Nguni languages do so,[1] as well as the Northeast Caucasian language Karata-Tukita.

Features

Features of the velar ejective affricate:

Occurrence

Language Word IPA Meaning
Hadza dlaggwa [cʎ̝̥ʼakxʷ’a] 'to cradle'
Haida ttsanskkaagid [tsʼanskxʼaːkit] 'beams'
Karata-Tukita [example needed]
Xhosa krola [kxʼola] 'inscribe '

See also

Notes

  1. ^ The ejective articulation of the Nguni consonants is however quite light.