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If distinction is necessary, the voiceless alveolo-palatal nasal may be transcribed as ⟨n⟩ (devoiced, retracted and palatalized ⟨n⟩), or ⟨⟩ (devoiced and advanced ⟨?⟩); these are essentially equivalent, since the contact includes both the blade and body (but not the tip) of the tongue. The equivalent X-SAMPA symbols are n_-' or n_-_j and J_0_+, respectively. A non-IPA letter ⟨⟩ (devoiced ⟨?⟩, which is an ordinary "n", plus the curl found in the symbols for alveolo-palatal sibilant fricatives ⟨?, ?⟩) can also be used.
Features of the voiceless palatal nasal:
Its 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.