Voiceless palatal lateral fricative

Voiceless palatal lateral fricative
Entity (decimal) ʎ̥˔
Unicode (hex) U+028EU+0325U+02D4
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The voiceless palatal lateral fricative is a type of consonantal sound, used in a few spoken languages.

This is a rare sound. Dahalo has both a palatal lateral fricative and an affricate; Hadza has a series of affricates. In Bura, it is the realization of palatalized /ɬʲ/ and contrasts with [ʎ].

The IPA has no dedicated symbol for this sound. The devoicing and raising diacritics may be used to transcribe it: ʎ̥˔ (decimal ʎ̥˔). However, the "belt" on the existing symbol for a voiceless lateral fricative, ɬ, forms the basis for other lateral fricatives used in the extIPA, including the palatal, :

SIL International has added this symbol to the Private Use Areas of their Gentium, Charis, and Doulos fonts, as U+F267 ().


Features of the voiceless palatal lateral fricative:


Language Word IPA Meaning Notes
Bura[1] Contrasts with [ɬ] and [ɮ].[1]
Dahalo [ʎ̥˔aːbu] 'leaf' Contrasts with [ɬ] and [ɬʷ]


  1. 1 2 Grønnum (2005:154–155)


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