Voiceless labialized palatal approximant

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Voiceless labialized palatal approximant

The voiceless labialized palatal approximant is a type of consonantal sound, used in a few spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ⟨ɥ̊⟩, the voiceless homologue of the voiced labialized palatal approximant. There may sometimes be phonological reasons to transcribe it ⟨j̊ʷ⟩.

It is found as a phoneme in Iaai and perhaps other languages.



Language Word IPA Meaning Notes
Chinese Shanghainese[1] [pɥ̊ɥo̽ʔ¹] 'to float' The sequence /pʰj/ is realized as [pɥ̊ɥ].[1]
Iaai [example needed] Contrasts with the voiced /ɥ/.



  • Chen, Yiya; Gussenhoven, Carlos (2015), "Shanghai Chinese", Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 45 (3): 321–327, doi:10.1017/S0025100315000043
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