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Velar Ejective Stop
Velar ejective stop k' IPA Number 109 + 401 Encoding Entity (decimal)
Unicode (hex) U+006B U+02BC X-SAMPA
velar ejective is a type of consonantal sound, used in some spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ⟨ k'⟩.
Features of the velar ejective:
manner of articulation is occlusive, which means it is produced by obstructing airflow in the vocal tract. Since the consonant is also oral, with no nasal outlet, the airflow is blocked entirely, and the consonant is a plosive. Its
place of articulation is velar, which means it is articulated with the back of the tongue (the dorsum) at the soft palate. Its
phonation is voiceless, which means it is produced without vibrations of the vocal cords. 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.
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