dl [dl]

Tłį Chǫ (Dogrib), Behchokǫ̀  -  Phoneme: dl [dl]  -  IPA: Lateral affricate.

Word: seèdlà [sìːdlɑ̀] "it has been fixed"  -  Speaker: SP4

The unaspirated lateral affricate dl [dl] in stem initial position between two vowels.  This sound is voiced most of the way through the closure and release period. Note also that the release portion of this sound, the lateral [l] portion, is articulated as a fricative, the voiceless part, only at the very beginning of the release period, after which it is voiced and appears as a lateral approximant. The distinction between the two realizations of the release is distinct in the waveform and in the spectrogram. This change between the lateral fricative and a lateral approximant has been found throughout the Dene languages when there is voicing present.

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