Alveolar nasal

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Pulmonic Consonant
IPA: n
Kirshenbaum: n
Place of Articulation: Alveolar
Manner of Articulation: Stop
Phonological features: [+consonantal]

The alveolar nasal is a type of consonantal sound used in some spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents dental, alveolar, and postalveolar nasals is n, and the equivalent X-SAMPA symbol is n.


Features of the alveolar nasal:

In natural languages


The alveolar nasal occurs in English, and it is the sound denoted by the letter 'n' in nine or plan. Some dialects of English, including most American English dialects, also have syllabic /n/, as in lemon.

Note that the letter 'n' does not always denote the sound /n/. The digraph 'ng' is usually pronounced either [ŋ] (velar nasal), as in hang, or [ŋg], as in finger. In most words where 'n' is followed by a 'k', it is also velarised to [ŋk], as in stink.


plain n nube /ˈnube/ "cloud"


plain n nulo /ˈnulo/ "zero"

See also