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|Voiceless palatal approximant|
|IPA Number||153 402A|
|Unicode (hex)||U+006A U+030A|
The voiceless palatal approximant is a type of consonantal sound, used in a few spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ⟨ j̊ ⟩, the voiceless homologue of the voiced palatal approximant.
This sound is essentially an ordinary English ⟨y⟩ (as in year) pronounced without vibration of the vocal cords. This sound is uncommon in English, although it was reported in Harold Orton's The Phonology of a South Durham Dialect.
Features of the voiceless palatal approximant:
|Jalapa Mazatec||[example needed]||Contrasts voiceless /j̊/, plain voiced /j/ and glottalized voiced /ȷ̃/ approximants.|
|Scottish Gaelic||a-muigh||[əˈmuj̊]||'outside' (directional)||Allophone of /j/ and /ʝ/. See Scottish Gaelic phonology|
|Washo||t'á:Yaŋi||[ˈťaːj̊aŋi]||'he's hunting'||Contrasts voiceless /j̊/ and voiced /j/ approximants.|