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Voiceless alveolo-palatal fricative
The voiceless alveolo-palatal sibilant fricative is a type of consonantal sound, used in some oral languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ⟨ɕ⟩ ("c", plus the curl also found in its voiced counterpart ⟨ʑ⟩). It is the sibilant equivalent of the voiceless palatal fricative, and as such it can be transcribed in IPA with ⟨ç˖⟩.
Voiceless alveolo-palatal fricative
ɕ
IPA Number182
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Entity (decimal)ɕ
Unicode (hex)U+0255
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In British Received Pronunciation, /j/ after syllable-initial /p, t, k/ (as in Tuesday) is realized as a devoiced palatal fricative. The amount of devoicing is variable, but the fully voiceless variant tends to be alveolo-palatal [ɕ] in the /tj/ sequence: [ˈt̺ʲɕuːzdeɪ]. It is a fricative, rather than a fricative element of an affricate because the preceding plosive remains alveolar, rather than becoming alveolo-palatal, as in Dutch.[1]
The corresponding affricate can be written with ⟨t̠ʲ͡ɕ⟩ or ⟨c̟͡ɕ⟩ in narrow IPA, though ⟨tɕ⟩ is normally used in both cases. In the case of English, the sequence can be specified as ⟨t̺ɕ⟩ as /t/ is normally apical (although somewhat palatalized in that sequence), whereas alveolo-palatal consonants are laminal by definition.[2][3]
An increasing number of British speakers merge this sequence with the voiceless palato-alveolar affricate /tʃ/: [ˈtʃuːzdeɪ] (see yod-coalescence), mirroring Cockney, Australian English and New Zealand English. On the other hand, there is an opposite tendency in Canadian accents that have preserved /tj/, where the sequence tends to merge with the plain /t/ instead: [ˈt̺ʰuːzdeɪ] (see yod-dropping), mirroring General American which does not allow /j/ to follow alveolar consonants in stressed syllables.[4][5][6]
Features
alveolo-palatal sibilant fricatives [ɕ, ʑ]
Features of the voiceless alveolo-palatal fricative:
Occurrence
LanguageWordIPAMeaningNotes
Adygheщы/šə[ɕə]'three'
Assameseব্ৰিটি/british[bɹitiɕ]'British'
CatalanEastern[7]
caixa
[ˈkäɕə]'box'See Catalan phonology
Majorcan[7][ˈkaɕə]
ChineseSome Hokkien dialects/sin[ɕín]'heart'Allophone of /s/ before /i/.
Mandarin西安/Xī'ān[ɕí.án]'Xi'an'Contrasts with /ʂ/ and /s/. See Mandarin phonology
Chuvashçиçĕм/şişĕm[ˈɕiɕ̬əm]'lightning'Contrasts with /ʂ/ and /s/.
Danish
sjæl
[ˈɕeːˀl]'soul'See Danish phonology
DutchSome speakers
sjabloon
[ɕäˈbloːn]'template'May be [ʃ] or [sʲ] instead. See Dutch phonology
EnglishCardiff[8]
human
[ˈɕumːən]'human'Phonetic realization of /hj/. More front and more strongly fricated than RP [ç]. Broad varieties drop the /h/: [ˈjumːən].[8] See English phonology
Conservative Received Pronunciation[1]
tuesday
[ˈt̺ʲɕuːzdeɪ]'tuesday'Allophone of /j/ after syllable-initial /t/ (which is alveolar in this sequence), may be only partially devoiced. /tj/ is often realized as an affricate [] in British English. Mute in General American: [ˈt̺ʰuːzdeɪ].[4][5][6] Typically transcribed with ⟨j⟩ in broad IPA. See English phonology, yod-coalescence and yod-dropping
Some Canadian English[1][6]
Ghanaian[9]
ship
[ɕip]'ship'Educated speakers may use [ʃ], to which this phone corresponds in other dialects.[9]
GuaraniParaguayan
che
[ɕɛ]'I'
Japanese[10]/shio[ɕi.o]'salt'See Japanese phonology
Kabardianщэ/ščè[ɕa]'hundred'
Lower Sorbian[11]pśijaśel[ˈpɕijäɕɛl]'friend'
Luxembourgish[12]liicht[liːɕt]'light'Allophone of /χ/ after phonologically front vowels; some speakers merge it with [ʃ].[12] See Luxembourgish phonology
NorwegianUrban East[13]
kjekk
[ɕe̞kː]'handsome'Typically transcribed in IPA with ⟨ç⟩; less often realized as palatal [ç]. Younger speakers in Bergen, Stavanger and Oslo merge it with /ʂ/.[13] See Norwegian phonology
Polish[14]
śruba
[ˈɕrubä]'screw'Contrasts with /ʂ/ and /s/. See Polish phonology
Portuguese[15][16][17]
mexendo
[meˈɕẽd̪u]'moving'Also described as palato-alveolar [ʃ].[18][19] See Portuguese phonology
RomanianTransylvanian dialects[20]
ce
[ɕɛ]'what'Realized as [] in standard Romanian. See Romanian phonology
Russianсчастье/schast'e[ˈɕːæsʲtʲjə]'happiness'Also represented by ⟨щ⟩. Contrasts with /ʂ/, /s/, and /sʲ/. See Russian phonology
Sema[21]ashi[à̠ɕì]'meat'Possible allophone of /ʃ/ before /i, e/.[21]
Serbo-CroatianCroatian[22]
miš će
[mîɕ t͡ɕe̞]'the mouse will'Allophone of /ʃ/ before /t͡ɕ, d͡ʑ/.[22] See Serbo-Croatian phonology
Some speakers of Montenegrinс́утра/śutra[ɕût̪ra̠]'tomorrow'Phonemically /sj/ or, in some cases, /s/.
SwedishFinland
sjok
[ɕuːk]'chunk'Allophone of /ɧ/.
Sweden
kjol
[ɕuːl]'skirt'See Swedish phonology
TibetanLhasa dialectབཞི་/bzhi[ɕi˨˧]'four'Contrasts with /ʂ/.
Tatarөчпочмак/өçpoçmaq[ˌøɕpoɕˈmɑq]'triangle'
Uzbek[23][example needed]
XumiLower[24][RPd͡ʑi ɕɐ][clarification needed]'one hundred'
Upper[25][RPd͡ʑi ɕɜ][clarification needed]
YámanaŠúša[ɕúɕa]'penguin'
Yi/xi[ɕi˧]'thread'
Zhuangcib[ɕǐp]'ten'
See also
Notes
  1. ^ a b c Collins & Mees (2003:172–173), Gimson (2014:229–231). The first source specifies the place of articulation of /j/ after /t/ as more front than the main allophone of /j/.
  2. ^ Gimson (2014), p. 177.
  3. ^ Esling (2010), p. 693.
  4. ^ a b Collins & Mees (2003), pp. 173, 306.
  5. ^ a b Gimson (2014), pp. 230–231.
  6. ^ a b c Changes in Progress in Canadian English: Yod-dropping, Excerpts from J.K. Chambers, "Social embedding of changes in progress." Journal of English Linguistics 26 (1998), accessed May 11, 2020.
  7. ^ a b Recasens & Espinosa (2007:145, 167)
  8. ^ a b Collins & Mees (1990), p. 90.
  9. ^ a b Huber (2004:859)
  10. ^ Okada (1999:117)
  11. ^ Zygis (2003), pp. 180–181.
  12. ^ a b Gilles & Trouvain (2013), pp. 67–68.
  13. ^ a b Kristoffersen (2000), p. 23.
  14. ^ Jassem (2003:103)
  15. ^ Mateus & d'Andrade (2000)
  16. ^ Silva (2003:32)
  17. ^ Guimarães (2004)
  18. ^ Cruz-Ferreira (1995:91)
  19. ^ Medina (2010)
  20. ^ Pop (1938), p. 29.
  21. ^ a b Teo (2012:368)
  22. ^ a b Landau et al. (1999:68)
  23. ^ Sjoberg (1963:11)
  24. ^ Chirkova & Chen (2013), p. 365.
  25. ^ Chirkova, Chen & Kocjančič Antolík (2013), p. 382.
References
External links
List of languages with [ɕ] on PHOIBLE
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