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Labialized palatal approximant

Labialized palatal approximant
ɥ
IPA number 171
Encoding
Entity (decimal) ɥ
Unicode (hex) U+0265
X-SAMPA H
Kirshenbaum j
Braille ⠲ (braille pattern dots-256) ⠓ (braille pattern dots-125)
Sound
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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 , since it is a labialized [j].

The labialized palatal approximant is the semivocalic equivalent of the close front rounded vowel [y]. The two are almost identical featurally. They alternate with each other in certain languages, such as French, and in the diphthongs of some languages, ɥ and with the non-syllabic diacritic are used in different transcription systems to represent the same sound.

Features

Features of the labial-palatal approximant:

Occurrence

Language Word IPA Meaning Notes
Abkhaz ауаҩы [awaˈɥə] 'human' See Abkhaz phonology
Chinese Mandarin /y [ɥœ˥˩] 'moon'
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