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The labialized palatal approximant, also called the labial–palatal or labio-palatal approximant, is a type of consonantal sound, used in some spoken languages. It has two constrictions in the vocal tract: with the tongue on the palate, and rounded at the lips. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ⟨ɥ⟩, a rotated lowercase letter ⟨h⟩, or occasionally ⟨jʷ⟩, since it is a labialized [j]. It is the semivocalic counterpart of the close front rounded vowel [y].
Features of the labial-palatal approximant:
- Its place of articulation is called labio-palatal, which means it is labialized palatal, accomplished by raising the body of the tongue toward the palate while rounding the lips.
- 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 pulmonic, which means it is articulated by pushing air solely with the lungs and diaphragm, as in most sounds.
|Abkhaz||ауаҩы||[awaˈɥə]||'human'||See Abkhaz phonology|
|Chinese||Mandarin||月/yuè||[ɥœ˥˩]||'moon'||See Mandarin phonology|
|Korean||뛰어가다/ttwieogada||[t̤ɥʌɡɐdɐ]||'to rush'||See Korean phonology|
|French||bonne nuit||align="center"| 'good night'||See French phonology|
- Ladefoged, Peter (1996). The Sounds of the World's Languages, Oxford: Blackwell. ISBN 0-631-19814-8.
International Phonetic Alphabet
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