Voiced dental velar click
ɡ͡ǀ
ᶢǀ
ǀ̬
ᶢʇ
Voiced dental uvular click
ɢ͡ǀ
𐞒ǀ
ɢ͡ʇ
𐞒ʇ

The voiced dental click is a click consonant found primarily among the languages of southern Africa. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ⟨ǀ̬⟩ or ⟨ᶢǀ⟩; a symbol abandoned by the IPA but still preferred by some linguists is ⟨ʇ̬⟩ or ⟨ᶢʇ⟩.

In languages which use the Bantu letters for clicks, this is most commonly written ⟨gc⟩, but it is written ⟨dc⟩ in those languages that use ⟨g⟩ for the uvular fricative.

Features

Features of the voiced dental click:

Occurrence

Voiced dental clicks are found primarily in the various Khoisan language families of southern Africa and in some neighboring Bantu languages.

Language Word IPA Meaning
Gciriku Dciriku [ᶢǀiriku] = [ʇ̬iriku] 'Gciriku'
Sandawe gcĩgcoo [ᶢǀĩ̌ːᶢǀóː] = [ʇ̬ĩ̌ːʇ̬óː] (species of bird)
Yeyi kuawa [kuᶢǀawa] = [kuʇ̬awa] to 'cut grass'

Notes