The voiceless labial–velar plosive
is a type of consonantal
sound, used in some spoken languages
. It is a and pronounced simultaneously. To make this sound, say Coe
, but close your lips as if you were saying Poe
; release your lips at the same times as or a fraction of a second after you pronounce the C
. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet
that represents this sound is .
The voiceless labial–velar plosive is found in Vietnamese
and various languages in West and Central Africa. In Yoruba
it is written with a simple ‹p›.
Features of the voiceless labial–velar plosive:
Some languages, especially in Papua New Guinea
and in Vanuatu
, combine this voiceless labial–velar plosive with a labial–velar approximant release, hence . Thus Mwotlap
, north Vanuatu
) has ('my father-in-law').
In the Banks Islands
languages which have it, the phoneme is written in local orthographies
.In other languages of Vanuatu
further south (such as South Efate
, or Lenakel
), the same segment is spelled .