x  [x]

Dene Sųłiné, Lac Brochet  -  Phoneme: x [x] or [h] -  IPA: Voiceless velar fricative, glottal fricative.

Word: hesxos [husxɔs] "tickle"  -  Speaker: SP9

The phoneme x in word initial position. This sound is realized as a glottal fricative h [h] rather than a velar fricative [x]; there is very little evidence of the oral constriction necessary to make a velar fricative. Contrast this with the h in this token, and with the release of the t and k sounds, which show strong frication and are better understood as velar fricatives.

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