Voiceless velar affricate

The voiceless velar affricate is a type of consonantal sound, used in some spoken languages. The symbols in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound are k͡x and k͜x, and the equivalent X-SAMPA symbol is k_x. The tie bar may be omitted, yielding kx in the IPA and kx in X-SAMPA.

Voiceless velar affricate
kx
Encoding
X-SAMPAk_x
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Some languages have the voiceless pre-velar affricate,[1] which is articulated slightly more front compared with the place of articulation of the prototypical voiceless velar affricate, though not as front as the prototypical voiceless palatal affricate - see that article for more information.

Conversely, some languages have the voiceless post-velar affricate,[2] which is articulated slightly behind the place of articulation of the prototypical voiceless velar affricate, though not as back as the prototypical voiceless uvular affricate - see that article for more information.

Features

Features of the voiceless velar affricate:

  • Its manner of articulation is affricate, which means it is produced by first stopping the airflow entirely, then allowing air flow through a constricted channel at the place of articulation, causing turbulence.
  • Its phonation is voiceless, which means it is produced without vibrations of the vocal cords. In some languages the vocal cords are actively separated, so it is always voiceless; in others the cords are lax, so that it may take on the voicing of adjacent sounds.
  • It is an oral consonant, which means air is allowed to escape through the mouth only.
  • It is a central consonant, which means it is produced by directing the airstream along the center of the tongue, rather than to the sides.

Occurrence

LanguageWordIPAMeaningNotes
BavarianDialects spoken in TyrolKchind[ˈk͡xind̥]'child'
DutchOrsmaal-Gussenhoven dialect[3]blik[ˈblɪk͡x]'plate'Optional pre-pausal allophone of /k/.[3]
EnglishBroad Cockney[4]cab[ˈk͡xɛˑb̥]'cab'Possible word-initial, intervocalic and word-final allophone of /k/.[5] See English phonology
New Zealand[6]Word-initial allophone of /k/.[6] See English phonology
North Wales[7][ˈk͡xaˑb̥]Word-initial and word-final allophone of /k/; in free variation with a strongly aspirated stop [kʰ].[7] See English phonology
Received Pronunciation[8]Occasional allophone of /k/.[8] See English phonology
Scouse[9]Possible syllable-initial and word-final allophone of /k/.[9] See English phonology
GermanStandard Austrian[10]Kübel[ˈk͡xyːbœl]'bucket'Possible realization of /k/ before front vowels.[10] See Standard German phonology
Old dialect of DinkelbergAnke[ˈɑŋk͡xə]'butter'
Swiss dialectsSack[z̥ɑk͡x]'bag'May be actually uvular [q͡χ] in some dialects.
Korean[11] (keuda)[k͡xɯ̽da]'big'Allophone of /kʰ/ before /ɯ/.[11] See Korean phonology
Lakotalakhóta[laˈk͡xota]'Lakota'Allophone of /kʰ/ before /a/, /ã/, /o/, /ĩ/, and /ũ/.
NavajoAllophone of /kʰ/ before the back vowels /o, a/. See Navajo phonology
!XóõUsed in pulmonic-contour clicks.

See also

Notes

  1. Instead of "pre-velar", it can be called "advanced velar", "fronted velar", "front-velar", "palato-velar", "post-palatal", "retracted palatal" or "backed palatal".
  2. Instead of "post-velar", it can be called "retracted velar", "backed velar", "pre-uvular", "advanced uvular" or "fronted uvular".
  3. Peters (2010), p. 240.
  4. Wells (1982), pp. 322-323.
  5. Wells (1982), p. 323.
  6. Bauer et al. (2007), p. 100.
  7. Penhallurick (2004), pp. 108-109.
  8. Gimson (2014), p. 172.
  9. Wells (1982), p. 372.
  10. Moosmüller, Schmid & Brandstätter (2015), p. 341.
  11. Shin, Kiaer & Cha (2012), p. 77.

References

  • Bauer, Laurie; Warren, Paul; Bardsley, Dianne; Kennedy, Marianna; Major, George (2007), "New Zealand English", Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 37 (1): 97–102, doi:10.1017/S0025100306002830
  • Gimson, Alfred Charles (2014), Cruttenden, Alan (ed.), Gimson's Pronunciation of English (8th ed.), Routledge, ISBN 9781444183092
  • Moosmüller, Sylvia; Schmid, Carolin; Brandstätter, Julia (2015), "Standard Austrian German", Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 45 (03): 339–348, doi:10.1017/S0025100315000055
  • Penhallurick, Robert (2004), "Welsh English: phonology", in Schneider, Edgar W.; Burridge, Kate; Kortmann, Bernd; Mesthrie, Rajend; Upton, Clive (eds.), A handbook of varieties of English, 1: Phonology, Mouton de Gruyter, pp. 98–112, ISBN 3-11-017532-0
  • Peters, Jörg (2010), "The Flemish–Brabant dialect of Orsmaal–Gussenhoven", Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 40 (2): 239–246, doi:10.1017/S0025100310000083
  • Shin, Ji-young; Kiaer, Ji-eun; Cha, Jae-eun (2012), The Sounds of Korean, ISBN 9781107030053
  • Wells, John C. (1982), Accents of English 2: The British Isles, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0-521-24224-X
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