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Tenuis dental click

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(Tenuis) dental click
IPA Number177
Entity (decimal)ǀ​ʇ
Unicode (hex)U+01C0 U+0287
⠯ (braille pattern dots-12346)
⠹ (braille pattern dots-1456)
Audio sample

The voiceless or more precisely tenuis 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 ⟨ǀ⟩. The Doke/Beach convention, adopted for a time by the IPA and still preferred by some linguists, is ⟨ʇ⟩.

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Features of the tenuis dental click:


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

Language Word IPA Meaning Notes
Zulu icici [îːǀíːǀi] = [îːʇíːʇi] 'earring'
Hadza cinambo [ǀinambo] = [ʇinambo] 'firefly'
Khoekhoe ǀgurub [ǀȕɾȕp] = [ʇȕɾȕp] 'dry autumn leaves'
This page was last edited on 18 June 2019, at 23:50
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