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Voiced labialized-velar approximant
|Voiced labialized velar approximant|
|Compressed velar approximant|
The voiced labialized velar approximant is a type of consonantal sound, used in certain spoken languages, including English. It is the sound denoted by the letter ⟨w⟩ in the English alphabet; likewise, the symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ⟨w⟩, or rarely [ɰʷ], and the equivalent X-SAMPA symbol is
w. In most languages it is the semivocalic counterpart of the close back rounded vowel [u]. In inventory charts of languages with other labialized velar consonants, /w/ will be placed in the same column as those consonants. When consonant charts have only labial and velar columns, /w/ may be placed in the velar column, (bi)labial column, or both. The placement may have more to do with phonological criteria than phonetic ones.
Some languages have a voiced labialized prevelar approximant,[a] which is more fronted than the place of articulation of the prototypical voiced labialized velar approximant, though not as front as the prototypical labialized palatal approximant.
Features of the voiced labialized velar approximant:
- Its manner of articulation is approximant, which means it is produced by narrowing the vocal tract at the place of articulation, but not enough to produce a turbulent airstream. The type of approximant is glide or semivowel. The term glide emphasizes the characteristic of movement (or 'glide') of /w/ from the /u/ vowel position to a following vowel position. The term semivowel emphasizes that, although the sound is vocalic in nature, it is not 'syllabic' (it does not form the nucleus of a syllable).
- Its place of articulation is labialized velar, which means it is articulated with the back part of the tongue raised toward the soft palate (the velum) while rounding the lips. Some languages, such as Japanese and perhaps the Northern Iroquoian languages, have a sound typically transcribed as [w] where the lips are compressed (or at least not rounded), which is a true labial–velar (as opposed to labialized velar) consonant. Close transcriptions may avoid the symbol [w] in such cases, or may use the under-rounding diacritic, [w̜].
- Its phonation is voiced, which means the vocal cords vibrate during the articulation.
- It is an oral consonant, which means air is allowed to escape through the mouth only.
- It is a central consonant, which means it is produced by directing the airstream along the center of the tongue, rather than to the sides.
- The airstream mechanism is pulmonic, which means it is articulated by pushing air solely with the lungs and diaphragm, as in most sounds.
|Abkhaz||ауаҩы/auaòy||[awaˈɥə]||'human'||See Abkhaz phonology|
|Arabic||Modern Standard||وَرْد/ward||[ward]||'rose'||See Arabic phonology|
|Assyrian||ܟܬܒ̣ܐ ctava||[ctaːwa]||'book'||Most speakers. [v] and [ʋ] are used in the Urmia dialects.|
|Belarusian||воўк/voŭk||[vɔwk]||'wolf'||See Belarusian phonology|
|Bengali||ওয়াদা/uada||[wada]||'promise'||Allophone of [o] and [u] when preceding a vowel word-initially. See Bengali phonology|
|Catalan||creuar||[kɾəˈwa]||'to cross'||See Catalan phonology|
|Chinese||Cantonese||挖/waat||[wɑːt̚˧]||'dig'||See Cantonese phonology|
|Mandarin||挖/wā||[wa̠˥]||See Mandarin phonology|
|Dutch||Colloquial||kouwe||[ˈkʌu̯wə]||'cold'||Lenited allophone of /d/ after /ʌu̯/. See Dutch phonology|
|Standard Surinamese||welp||[wɛɫp]||'cub'||Corresponds to [ʋ] in the Netherlands and to [β̞] in Belgium. See Dutch phonology|
|English||weep||[wiːp]||'weep'||See English phonology|
|Esperanto||aŭto||['awto]||'car'||See Esperanto phonology|
|French||oui||[wi]||'yes'||See French phonology|
|Hawaiian||wikiwiki||[wikiwiki]||'fast'||May also be realized as [v]. See Hawaiian phonology|
|Hebrew||Oriental||כּוֹחַ/kowaḥ||[ˈkowaħ]||'power'||See Modern Hebrew phonology|
|Hindustani||विश्वास||[ʋɪʃwaːs]||'believe'||See Hindustani phonology|
|Irish||vóta||[ˈwoːt̪ˠə]||'vote'||See Irish phonology|
|Italian||uomo||[ˈwɔːmo]||'man'||See Italian phonology|
|Korean||왜가리/waegari||[wɛɡɐɾi]||'heron'||See Korean phonology|
|Luxembourgish||zwee||[t͡swe̝ː]||'two'||Allophone of /v/ after /k, t͡s, ʃ/. See Luxembourgish phonology|
|Nepali||वकील||[wʌkːil]||'lawyer'||See Nepali phonology|
|Polish||łaska||[ˈwäskä] (help·info)||'grace'||See Polish phonology. Corresponds to [ɫ] in older pronunciation and eastern dialects|
|Portuguese||Most dialects||quando||[ˈkwɐ̃du]||'when'||Post-lexically after /k/ and /ɡ/. See Portuguese phonology|
|boa||[ˈbow.wɐ]||'good' (f.)||Epenthetic glide or allophone of /u/, following a stressed rounded vowel and preceding an unrounded one.|
|General Brazilian||qual||[ˈkwaw]||'which'||Allophone of /l/ in coda position for most Brazilian dialects.|
|Romanian||dulău||[d̪uˈl̪əw]||'mastiff'||Typically transcribed as [u̯] See Romanian phonology|
|Serbo-Croatian||Croatian||vuk||[wûːk]||'wolf'||Allophone of /ʋ/ before /u/. See Serbo-Croatian phonology|
|Seri||cmiique||[ˈkw̃ĩːkːɛ]||'person'||Allophone of /m/|
|Slovene||cerkev||[ˈt͡sèːrkəw]||'church'||Allophone of /ʋ/ in the syllable coda. Voiceless [ʍ] before voiceless consonants. See Slovene phonology|
|Sotho||sewa||[ˈsewa]||'epidemic'||See Sesotho phonology|
|Spanish||cuanto||[ˈkwãn̪t̪o̞]||'as much'||See Spanish phonology|
|Swedish||Central Standard||[example needed]||Labialized approximant consonant; allophone of /ɡ/ in casual speech before the protruded vowels /ɔ, oː/. See Swedish phonology|
|Tagalog||araw||[ˈɐɾaw]||'day'||See Tagalog phonology|
|Ukrainian||вовк/voŭk||[vɔwk]||'wolf'||See Ukrainian phonology|
|Vietnamese||tuần||[t̪wən˨˩]||'week'||See Vietnamese phonology|
|Welsh||gwae||[ɡwaɨ]||'woe'||See Welsh phonology|
|West Frisian||skowe||[skoːwə]||'to shove'|
Compressed velar approximant
|Japanese||わたし/watashi||[ɰᵝataɕi]||'I'||See Japanese phonology|
|Swedish||Central Standard||[example needed]||Labialized approximant consonant; allophone of /ɡ/ in casual speech before the compressed vowels /ɵ, ʉː, ʊ, uː/. See Swedish phonology|
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