Voiceless velar stop
|Place of Articulation:||Velar|
|Manner of Articulation:||Stop|
|Phonological features:|| [+consonantal] |
The voiceless velar stop is a common sound. Its voiced equivalent is g.
Velar stops often palatalize before front vowels; this effect may be seen in many languages' traditional pronunciations of Latin "c", originally /k/. It is denoted as [k] in IPA and k in X-SAMPA
Features of [k]:
- Its manner of articulation is stop , which means it is produced by obstructing airflow in the vocal tract.
- Its place of articulation is velar.
- Its phonation type is voiceless, which means the vocal cords are not vibrating during the articulation.
- It is a oral consonant, which means air is not allowed to escape through the nose.
- It is a central consonant, which means it is produced by allowing the airstream to flow over the middle of the tongue, rather than the sides.
- The airstream mechanism is pulmonic egressive, which means it is articulated by pushing air out of the lungs and through the vocal tract, rather than from the glottis or the mouth.
It is a common phoneme in English, and can be represented with <ch> (chaos, /keIOs/), <k> (kit, /kIt/), or <c> (call, /kaL\/).