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Voiced epiglottal trill

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The voiced epiglottal or pharyngeal trill, also analyzed as a fricative,[1] is a type of consonantal sound, used in some spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ⟨ʢ⟩.

Voiced pharyngeal trill
(voiced epiglottal fricative)
IPA Number174
Entity (decimal)ʢ
Unicode (hex)U+02A2
Braille⠔ (braille pattern dots-35)⠆ (braille pattern dots-23)
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Few languages distinguish between pharyngeal and epiglottal fricatives/trills, and in fact the fricatives in Arabic are routinely described as "pharyngeal". However, according to Peter Ladefoged, the Aghul spoken in the village of Burkikhan, Dagestan has both (as well as an epiglottal stop).


Features of the voiced epiglottal trill/fricative:


Language Word IPA Meaning Notes
Aghul Richa dialect[2] гьӀакв [ʢakʷ] 'light'
Arabic[3] Iraqi[4] عَام [ʢaːm] 'year' Corresponds to /ʕ/ () in Standard Arabic and other varieties. See Arabic phonology
Siwa[5] [arˤbˤəʢa] 'four'

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ John Esling (2010) "Phonetic Notation", in Hardcastle, Laver & Gibbon (eds) The Handbook of Phonetic Sciences, 2nd ed., p 695.
  2. ^ Kodzasov, S. V. Pharyngeal Features in the Daghestan Languages. Proceedings of the Eleventh International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (Tallinn, Estonia, Aug 1-7 1987), pp. 142-144.
  3. ^ Ladefoged & Maddieson (1996:167–168)
  4. ^ Zeki Hassan, John Esling, Scott Moisik, & lise Crevier-Buchman (2011) "Aryepiglottic trilled variants of /ʕ, ħ/ in Iraqi Arabic". Proceedings of the 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (pp. 831–834), Hong Kong.
  5. ^ Mr. Christfried Naumann, Doctoral Student, Department of Linguistics, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany. June 26, 2009.


  • Ladefoged, Peter; Maddieson, Ian (1996), The Sounds of the World's Languages, Oxford: Blackwell, ISBN 0-631-19815-6

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