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Labial
Coronal
Dorsal
Radical
Laryngeal
Bilabial
Labio-dental
Dental
Alveolar
Palato-alveolar
Retroflex
Palatal
Velar
Uvular
Pharyngeal
Epi-glottal
Glottal
Plosive
p           t               k      
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nasal
  m           n                  
 
 
 
 
 
 
Trill
              r            
 
 
   
 
 
   
 
 
Tap, Flap
                                               
Fricative
    f v     s z ʃ                           h ɦ
Lateral fricative
 
 
 
 
    ɬ ɮ                    
 
 
 
 
 
 
Approximant
                          j   w                
Lateral approximant
 
 
 
 
      l                    
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lateral flap
 
 
 
 
                   
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
Labial
Coronal
Dorsal
Bilabial
Labio-dental
Dental
Alveolar
Palato-alveolar
Retroflex
Palatal
Velar
Uvular
Clicks
            !kˠ   !̠k                  
Lateral clicks
            ǁk                      
Implosives
  ɓ                                
Ejective stops
                             
Ejective affricates
                tʃʼ           kʟ̝̊ʼ      
Affricates
                                 
 
Front
Near-front
Central
Near-back
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Close
Near-close
Close-mid
Mid
Open-mid
Near-open
Open
Selected languages: Zulu
UPSID number: 4126
Alternate name(s): N/A
Classification: Niger-Kordofanian, Bantoid
The languages has 37 segments
Frequency index: N/A
Sounds:
Comments:
Sources: Doke, C.M. 1926. The phonetics of the Zulu language. Bantu Studies Special number. Doke, C.M. 1961. Textbook of Zulu Grammar. Longmans, Cape Town. Rycroft, D.K. and Ngcobo, A.B. Say it in Zulu. SOAS London.