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Voiceless Velar Nasal
voiceless velar nasal is a type of consonantal sound, used in some spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ⟨ ⟩, a combination of the letter for the voiced velar nasal and a diacritic indicating voicelessness. (For reasons of legibility, the ring is usually placed above the letter, rather than regular ⟨ ⟩). The equivalent X-SAMPA symbol is
Features of the voiceless velar nasal:
manner of articulation is occlusive, which means it is produced by obstructing airflow in the vocal tract. Because the consonant is also nasal, the blocked airflow is redirected through the nose. 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 a
nasal consonant, which means air is allowed to escape through the nose, either exclusively ( nasal stops) or in addition to through the mouth. 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 pulmonic, which means it is articulated by pushing air solely with the lungs and diaphragm, as in most sounds.
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