Linguolabial nasal

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Linguolabial nasal
IPA number 116 + 407
Entity (decimal) n​̼
Unicode (hex) U+006E U+033C

The linguolabial nasal is a type of consonantal sound used in some spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents it is ⟨⟩ or ⟨⟩.


Features of the linguolabial 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.
  • Its place of articulation is linguolabial, which means it is articulated with the tongue against the upper lip.
  • Its phonation is voiced, which means the vocal cords vibrate during the articulation.
  • 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.
  • The airstream mechanism is pulmonic, which means it is articulated by pushing air solely with the lungs and diaphragm, as in most sounds.


Language Word IPA Meaning Notes
Araki m̼isi [n̼isi] 'still'
Big Nambas[1] nəm'ək [nən̼ək][2] 'my tongue'
Tangoa [example needed]
Vao [example needed]


  1. ^ Big Nambas example words
  2. ^ Big Nambas sound file
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