Voiced labial–velar stop

Voiced labial–velar stop
IPA number 110 (102)
Entity (decimal) ɡ͡b
Unicode (hex) U+0261U+0361U+0062
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The voiced labial–velar stop is a type of consonantal sound, used in some spoken languages. It is a [ɡ] and [b] pronounced simultaneously. To make this sound, one can say go but with the lips closed as if one were saying Bo; the lips are to be released at the same time as or a fraction of a second after the g of go is pronounced. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ɡ͡b.

The voiced labial–velar stop is commonly found in Western and Central Africa, as in Laurent Gbagbo, former president of Ivory Coast.

Its voiceless counterpart is voiceless labial–velar stop, [k͡p].


Features of the voiced labial–velar stop:


Language Word IPA Meaning Notes
Dyula gba [ɡ͡bɑ] 'bench'
Ega[2] [ɡ͡bá] 'finish'
Ewe Ewegbe [èβeɡ͡be] 'Ewe language'
Igbo Igbo [iɡ͡boː] 'Igbo'
Kalabari[3] ágbá [áɡ͡bá] 'paint'
Mono[4] gba [ɡ͡ba] 'moisten'
Temne[5] gbara [kʌ ɡ͡bara] 'coconut'
Yoruba gbogbo [ɡ͡boɡ͡bo] 'all'

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