t’ [t']

2 examples

Tłį Chǫ (Dogrib), Behchokǫ̀  -  Phoneme: t’ [t']  -  IPA: Ejective alveolar stop

1 Word: t'eeko [t'e:kxu] "young woman"  -  Speaker: SP4

The phoneme t' [t'], an alveolar ejective, in word initial position. In this example, the oral release is indicated by the dark thick band of energy of the release burst, which is followed by a period of silence before the onset of the vowel. This 'silence' is caused by a delay in the release of the glottal gesture of the ejective. The vowel begins at the glottal release, but the alveolar closure of the t is released halfway through. This is called a 'strong' ejective.

2 Word: gotsį̀ht'a [kusɪt'ɑ] "back"  -  Speaker: SP2

 The same t' [t'] sound in medial position in a word. This is an example of a 'weak' ejective. Unlike the characteristic t' [t'] sound, in this example the glottal release of the t' ejective comes closely after its oral release, the release burst is followed closely by the onset of the vowel. This sound may be perceived as a d.

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