labial

Labial-palatal approximant

The labial-palatal approximant is a type of consonantal sound, used in some spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ɥ, and the equivalent X-SAMPA symbol is H. It can be thought of as labialized [j] ([jʷ]), or as the semivocalic counterpart of the close front rounded vowel [y].

Features

Features of the labial-palatal approximant:

Occurrence

Language Word IPA Meaning Notes
Abkhaz ауаҩы [awaˈɥə] 'human' See Abkhaz phonology
French bonne nuit 'good night' See French phonology
Mandarin /y [ɥœ̂] 'moon' See Standard Mandarin

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