Tenuis dental click

(Tenuis) dental click
IPA number 177
Entity (decimal) ǀʇ
Unicode (hex) U+01C0U+0287
Kirshenbaum t!
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Main article: Dental clicks

The voiceless or more precisely tenuis dental click is a click consonant found primarily among the languages of southern Africa. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ǀ. The Doke/Beach convention, adopted for a time by the IPA and still preferred by some linguists, is ʇ.


Features of the tenuis dental click:


Tenuis dental clicks are found primarily in the various Khoisan language families of southern Africa and in some neighboring Bantu languages.

Language Word IPA Meaning Notes
Zulu icici [iːǀíːǀi] = [iːʇíːʇi] 'earring'
Hadza cinambo [ǀinambo] = [ʇinambo]'firefly'
Khoekhoe ǀgurub [ǀȕɾȕp] = [ʇȕɾȕp] 'dry autumn leaves'
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