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Retroflex ejective fricative

retroflex ejective fricative
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The retroflex ejective fricative is a type of consonantal sound, used in some spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ʂʼ.


Features of the retroflex ejective fricative:

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  • 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.
  • The airstream mechanism is ejective (glottalic egressive), which means the air is forced out by pumping the glottis upward.


Language Word IPA Meaning
Adyghe Shapsug dialect пшӀы About this sound [pʂʼə]  'ten'
Keresan [example needed]

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