Voiceless alveolar lateral fricative

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Template:Infobox IPA The voiceless alveolar lateral fricative is a type of consonantal sound, used in some spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is , and the equivalent X-SAMPA symbol is K. The symbol is called "belted l" and should not be confused with "l with tilde", , which corresponds to a different sound, the velarized alveolar lateral approximant. It should also be distinguished from a voiceless alveolar lateral approximant, although either may sometimes be described as a "voiceless l".

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Features

Features of the voiceless alveolar lateral fricative:

In English

English does not possess this sound, but English speakers can approximate it by pronouncing the sounds [h] and [l] simultaneously. A phonetically similar sound, the voiceless lateral approximant, occurs in English after /p/ and /k/ in words like 'plead' and 'clean'.

In other languages

Welsh

In Welsh spelling, the letters ll represent the voiceless lateral fricative. The Welsh name Lloyd begins with it, while the English spelling "Floyd" is an attempt to capture both the lateral and fricative aspects of this sound.

Xhosa and Zulu

In Xhosa and Zulu spelling, the letters hl correspond to this sound.

The voiceless lateral approximant

In Icelandic spelling, the initial letters hl, as well as the l in lp, lt, lk are voiceless lateral approximants. Tibetan also has this, for example in the city name Lhasa. However, these sounds lack the striking fricative quality of the Welsh and Zulu lateral fricative.

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