ts [tsʰ]

2 examples

Tłį Chǫ (Dogrib), Behchokǫ̀  -  Phoneme: ts [tsʰ]  -  IPA: A, spirated alveolar affricate.

1 Word: tsà [tsʰɑ̀h] "beaver"  -  Speaker: SP2

A token of an aspirated alveolar affricate ts [tsʰ]. Note the lack of any voicing during the closure or release period of this sound in the waveform or spectrogram. Note also that the release (the fricative portion) is longer than it is in the unaspirated affricate dz [dz]. A characteristic aspect of this sound, standing in contrast to the unaspirated version, is found in the transition of the sound into the vowel portion. Note the change in the amplitude at the end of the release portion. One possible explanation is that the length distinction between aspirated and unaspirated affricates in the fricative portion is due in part to the presence of a phonation period (the dampened amplitude period) as a transition from the affricate to the vowel. 

2 Word: nàtso [nɑ̀tsʰo] "strong"  -  Speaker: SP4

The same segment in intervocalic position. Note the lack of voicing and the length of the release (fricative) portion of the sound. 


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