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Voiceless palatal lateral fricative
Audio sample
Entity (decimal)𝼆
Unicode (hex)U+1DF06
Voiceless palatal lateral approximant
IPA Number157 402A

The voiceless palatal lateral fricative is a type of consonantal sound, used in a few spoken languages.

This sound is somewhat rare; Dahalo has both a palatal lateral fricative and an affricate; Hadza has a series of palatal lateral affricates. In Bura, it is the realization of palatalized /ɬʲ/ and contrasts with [ʎ].

The extensions to the IPA transcribes this sound with the letter 𝼆 (ʎ with a belt, analogous to ɬ for the voiceless alveolar lateral fricative), which was added to Unicode in 2021.

If distinction is necessary, the voiceless alveolo-palatal lateral fricative may be transcribed as ɬ̠ʲ (retracted and palatalized ɬ) or as advanced 𝼆̟; these are essentially equivalent, since the contact includes both the blade and body (but not the tip) of the tongue. The equivalent X-SAMPA symbols are K_-_j or K_-' and L_0_+_r, respectively. A non-IPA letter ȴ̊˔ (devoiced and raised ȴ, which is an ordinary "l", plus the curl found in the symbols for alveolo-palatal sibilant fricatives ɕ, ʑ) can be used.

Some scholars also posit a voiceless palatal lateral approximant distinct from the fricative. The approximant may be represented in the IPA as ʎ̥.


Features of the voiceless palatal lateral fricative:


Language Word IPA Meaning Notes
Bura [example needed] Contrasts with /l, ʎ, ɬ, ɮ, ʎ̝̊/.
Dahalo [𝼆aːbu] 'leaf' Contrasts with [ɬ] and [ɬʷ]
Faroese[1] kjálki [ˈt͡ʃʰaʎ̥t͡ʃɪ] 'jaw' Allophone of /l/.[1] See Faroese phonology
Inupiaq[2] sikł̣aq [sik𝼆̟ɑq] 'pickaxe' Alveolo-palatal;[2] also described as an approximant.[3] Contrasts with voiceless /ɬ/ and voiced /ʎ/ and /l/.
nuiŋił̣ł̣uni [nuiŋi𝼆̟ːuni] 'because it did not appear'
Kumeyaay[4] kałyəxwiiw [kɑ𝼆əxʷeːw] 'skunk' Rare in word-initial position.[4] Contrasts with voiceless /ɬ/ and voiced /ʎ/ and /l/.
Norwegian Trondheim subdialect of Trøndersk[5] alt [ɑʎ̥c] 'everything, all' Allophone of /ʎ/ before /c/.[5] See Norwegian phonology
Some subdialects of Trøndersk[5] tatle [tɑʎ̥] 'acting silly' According to some scholars,[6][7] it is a phoneme that contrasts with /ʎ/ (as in /tɑʎ/ 'softwood'.)[5] See Norwegian phonology
Turkish[8] dil [ˈd̟iʎ̟̊] 'tongue' Devoiced allophone of alveolo-palatal /l/, frequent finally and before voiceless consonants.[8] See Turkish phonology
Xumi Lower[9] [ʎ̥˖o˦] 'spirit' Described as an approximant. Alveolo-palatal; contrasts with the voiced /ʎ/.[9][10]
Upper[10] [ʎ̥˖ɛ˦] 'flavorless'


  1. ^ a b Árnason (2011), p. 115.
  2. ^ a b MacLean (1980), p. XX.
  3. ^ Kaplan (1981), p. 29.
  4. ^ a b Langdon (1966), p. 33.
  5. ^ a b c d Vanvik (1979), p. 37.
  6. ^ Such as Vanvik (1979)
  7. ^ An example of a scholar disagreeing with this position is Scholtz (2009). On page 15, she provides a phoneme chart for Trøndersk, in which /ʎ/ is included. Under the phoneme chart she writes "Vanvik also lists /ʎ̥/ as an underlying phoneme, but that’s ridiculous." She provides no further explanation for that.
  8. ^ a b Zimmer & Orgun (1999), pp. 154–155.
  9. ^ a b Chirkova & Chen (2013), pp. 365, 367–368.
  10. ^ a b Chirkova, Chen & Kocjančič Antolík (2013), pp. 382–383.


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