t’ [t]

Dene Sųłiné, Cold Lake  -  Phoneme: t’  [t']  -  IPA: Alveolar ejective.

Word: t’así [t'ɑsí] "thing"  -  Speaker: SP1

Description: An ejective t’ [t'] in initial position in the word.  The release of the stop occurs before the onset of the vowel, leaving a space between the release and the vowel onset that is characteristic of Dene ejectives.

Comment: this is sometimes called a glottalized stop.

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