The voiced palatal implosive is a type of consonantal sound, used in some spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ⟨ʄ⟩, and the equivalent X-SAMPA symbol is J\_<. Typographically, the IPA symbol is a dotless lowercase letter j with a horizontal stroke (the symbol for the voiced palatal stop) and a rightward hook (the diacritic for implosives). A very similar looking letter, ⟨ƒ⟩ (an ⟨f⟩ with a tail), is used in Ewe for /ɸ/.


Features of the voiced palatal implosive:


Language Word IPA Meaning Notes
Ega[1] [ʄè] 'swear'
Fula[2] [ʄetugol] 'to take'
Serer[3] [ʄaaɾ] 'to have ringworm' Contrasts phonemically with voiceless implosive
Swahili jana [ʄana] 'yesterday' In free variation with /dʒ/
Saraiki ڄاݨݨ [ʄɑ̃ɽəɳ] 'know'
Sindhi ڄِڀَ audio speaker icon[ʄɪbʱə]  'tongue'
Tunni[4] [ʄoːɡ] 'to stay'

See also