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In phonetics, alveolo-palatal (or alveopalatal) consonants are palatalized postalveolar sounds, usually fricatives and affricates, articulated with the blade of the tongue behind the alveolar ridge, and the body of the tongue raised toward the palate. These consonants are similar to palato-alveolar consonants, but are more fully palatalized.
The alveolo-palatal sibilants are often used in the Chinese languages such as Mandarin, Hakka, and Wu, as well as other languages in the East Asian sprachbund, such as Japanese and Korean. Alveolo-palatal sibilants are also a feature of many Slavic languages, such as Polish, Russian and Serbo-Croatian, and of Northwest Caucasian languages, such as Abkhaz and Ubykh. Kinnauri uses an alveolo-palatal nasal. The alveolo-palatal consonants in the International Phonetic Alphabet are:
|ɕ||Voiceless alveolo-palatal fricative||Mandarin||小 (xiǎo)||[ɕiɑu˨˩˦]||small|
|ʑ||Voiced alveolo-palatal fricative||Polish||zioło||[ʑɔwɔ]||herb|
|t͡ɕ||Voiceless alveolo-palatal affricate||Serbo-Croatian||kuća/кућа||[kut͡ɕa]||house|
|d͡ʑ||Voiced alveolo-palatal affricate||Japanese||地震 (jishin)||[d͡ʑiɕĩɴ]||earthquake|
Stops, nasals and liquids
Symbols for alveolo-palatal stops (ȶ, ȡ), nasals (ȵ), and liquids (ȴ) are sometimes used, but these are not recognized by the IPA. The same symbols are used by some to represent simple palatal or palatalized consonants.
The Polish nasal represented with the letter ń is considered to be alveolo-palatal rather than palatal. Also the "palatal" consonants of several Indigenous Australian languages are also sometimes judged closer to alveolo-palatal in their articulation.
|Language||Orthography||Non-standard IPA||Standard IPA||Meaning|
|ȶ||Voiceless alveolo-palatal stop||Korean||티끌/tikkeul||[ȶʰiʔk̤ɯl]||[t̠ʲʰiʔk̤ɯl]||dust|
|ȡ||Voiced alveolo-palatal stop||Korean||반디/bandi||[b̥ɐnȡi]||[b̥ɐnd̠ʲi]||firefly|
|ȵ||Alveolo-palatal nasal||Yi language||ꑌ (nyi)||[ȵi˧]||[ṉʲi˧]||sit|
- Ladefoged, Peter (1996). The Sounds of the World's Languages, Oxford: Blackwell. ISBN 0-631-19814-8.
International Phonetic Alphabet
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